Apprenticeship numbers have been boosted by the power of 10 at a housing group.
South Tyneside Homes has announced it has taken on the group of young people who will be trained in either a trade or office-based work.
The selection process was tough and competition, as usual, was fierce.Coun Allan West
The teenagers were selected after beating off tough competition to secure one of the places.
Erin Richardson, Emilie Stevenson, Nicole Newton, Shaun Dickson, Daniel Little, Jayden Green, Jack Hailes, David Goodfellow, Rob Slade and Andrew Costello are now working in their respective disciplines.
South Tyneside Homes looks after and manages the council’s housing stock.
Daniel Little from South Shields, who is training as a plumber said: “I am so pleased that I managed to get an apprenticeship with South Tyneside Homes. I am really looking forward to learning a trade.”
The apprentices will complete a two, three, or four-year apprenticeship, which will involve attending college or undertaking workplace assessment to attain their NVQ qualifications, as well as gaining on the job training by working with experienced staff members.
Coun Jim Sewell, Vice Chair of South Tyneside Homes’ board, said: “It is a real pleasure to welcome these young people to our award-winning apprenticeship scheme.
“By working as apprentices, our young people are gaining invaluable skills as well as boosting their qualifications. I wish them every success for the future.”
Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport, said: “These young people have done incredibly well as the selection process was tough and competition, as usual, was fierce.”