A SOUTH Tyneside company is a shining example of how to tackle record youth unemployment in South Tyneside and across the region.
Rising Star, a sister company of Hebburn-based recruitment consultancy Zenith People, has just launched a new office and training suite at Tedco Business Works, in Henry Robson Way, South Shields.
The launch included an event which brought together young people, employers and strategic partners.
Rising Star focuses mainly on getting young people aged between 16 and 24 into sustainable employment, apprenticeships, traineeships or full-time work. This objective is crucial, given that the North East has the highest unemployment rate in the UK, at 10.3 per cent, with 24.5 per cent of young people aged 16 to 24 in the region still looking for work. Rising Star aims to bridge the gap between young people and employers by running its own boot camp.
Angela Anderson, managing director of Rising Star and Zenith People, said: “Rising Star is a youth recruitment and training business – a recruitment agency for young people which aims to provide them with ‘real-life’ advice and training, helping them secure employment and take control of their career.
“Rising Star also delivers a recruitment service to employers looking to employ young people – whether in full employment, apprenticeships or work experience. We can connect employers with talented and enthusiastic young people who can complement their current team.” A recruitment boot camp at the company has sparked a number of useful programmes for young people.
Rising Star graduate Adam Coulson attended a bespoke Willmott Dixon traineeship boot camp and later found full-time work with a scaffolding sub-contractor.
He said: “The Rising Star boot camp was fantastic! I was so focused on doing well, as I could see a genuine opportunity to secure a traineeship placement at the end of the week.”
Andy Ray, senior building manager at Willmott Dixon, said: “The drive, determination and at times tough discipline delivered by the Rising Star team has succeeded in equipping each of the candidates with some valuable life skills which I have no doubt will only serve them well in the future.”
For more details about Rising Star, call 427 4651, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.zenithrisingstar.com.