THE next generation of workers in South Tyneside were given the chance to share their stories at a special event hosted by The Mayor.
Coun Ernest Gibson hosted an evening at South Shields Town Hall to welcome 19 young people who are currently boosting their employment chances by being part of South Tyneside’s Cultural Partnership.
The project, which includes South Tyneside Council, The Customs House, Bede’s World, the National Trust and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, sees young people aged between 18 and 25 years old gaining work experience and qualifications in the borough’s cultural sector.
The Cultural Partnership has secured support for the apprenticeship programme for the next two years from Arts Council England through the National Skills Academy’s Creative Employment Programme (CEP) with match funding from South Tyneside Council and the National Apprenticeship Service.
Coun Gibson said: “It was fascinating to find out from the young people about the work they’ve been doing during the apprenticeship programme.
“I’m always impressed to learn how the cultural and heritage of South Tyneside is used to help nurture the workforce of the future.”
Coun Alan Kerr, lead member for culture and leisure at South Tyneside Council said: “The scheme is a wonderful example of how the council and its partners are working closely together to create opportunities for young people in South Tyneside.
“The programme has best used the cultural assets that we have on offer in the borough and provides the apprentices with essential skills that can be used in their career progression.”
Details of how young people can apply for the next round of apprentices will be announced in the next few months.