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A SPECIALIST exhaust business in Denmead has become one of the first in the UK to join forces with a national training organisation to create 2012 jobs in 2012.

European Exhaust & Catalyst Ltd (EEC) has signed up to Aspire Achieve Advance Group Limited’s 2012|2012 challenge.

The body is known as 3AAA, and runs the National IT Partnership (NITP) academy at Highbury College in Cosham.

Tim Green, 18, has been employed by EEC as an NITP apprentice, working at the company whilst studying at the college.

Paul Clark, the firm’s managing director, said: ‘Young people need all the help they can get in these challenging times and organisations such as 3AAA are taking the lead.

‘It is up to companies like ours to provide the opportunities for young people to gain real skills and make a valuable contribution to the wider economy.’

NITP academies provide apprentices with industry recognised IT qualifications, as well as practical experience.

To find out more about the campaign, see 3aaa.co.uk