SOUTH Tyneside’s history is set to create a bright future for young jobseekers.
A career in the borough’s cultural sector beckons for 20 young people, thanks to new apprenticeships announced this month.
The new roles have been created by a cultural partnership formed by South Tyneside Council, the Customs House in South Shields, Bede’s World in Jarrow, the National Trust and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.
Young people can find out more about the roles at an open day at South Shields Town Hall on Monday from 2pm to 4pm.
The apprenticeship announcement comes after the partnership secured £82,500 over the next two years from Arts Council England and the National Skills Academy’s creative employment programme.
The first year will see Souter Lighthouse at Whitburn and South Shields Museum and Art Gallery take on 20 apprentices.
They will work for various members of the partnership, and be trained in skills such as culture and heritage venue operations, catering, administration, events and technical theatre.
South Tyneside Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm said: “This is great news for South Tyneside.
“Young people in the area have been hit hard by the economic downturn, and we are determined to create new opportunities to gain skills and experience and get their foot on the employment ladder.
“South Tyneside has a strong cultural identity, great attractions and a fantastic programme of festivals and events, and this scheme will further develop that for the next generation.”
National Trust property manager Nick Dolan added: “Souter Lighthouse has so much to offer young people who want to work in the cultural sector.
“These are inspiring settings in which to gain skills and work experience.”
Visit www.southtyneside.info for more information.
The closing date for applications is Friday, June 21.