Young people snap up apprenticeships

Some of the apprentices with Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham at South Shields Town Hall.
Some of the apprentices with Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham at South Shields Town Hall.

YOUNG people are being introduced to the world of work after snapping up 20 apprentice scheme places.

The apprentices from across South Tyneside were invited to a special event at South Shields Town Hall to share their experiences of work.

This scheme is great in giving young people the chance to get practical experience in the creative industries.

Apprentice Daniel Lee

They are the latest round of young people being helped to boost their employability prospects through the cultural apprenticeship scheme.

Funded by the Arts Council, South Tyneside Council and other trusts, it sees young people being placed in work at sites including Bede’s World, Tyne and Wear Museums, the Customs House, the National Trust and the council.

Cultural apprentice Daniel Lee from Harton Lane, South Shields, was placed in the events team at South Tyneside Council to carry out his apprenticeship.

The 22-year-old said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to get valuable work experience, which will hopefully open doors for me in the future.

“This scheme is great in giving young people the chance to get practical experience in the creative industries.

I’m really enjoying my time at the council. Every day is different and I appreciate being able to contribute to such great events as the Magic Festival.”

Last year, 20 apprentices and five interns took part in a similar scheme with around 70 per cent of them moving into permanent work.

Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, who hosted the special event for the apprentices alongside Mayoress Stella Matthewson, said: “The cultural apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic example of how by working with partners, we are able to deliver valuable training opportunities for our young people.

“By delivering hands-on training and a recognised qualification the scheme uses the borough’s cultural assets to nurture the workforce of the future while ensuring support for our cultural sector.”

The cultural apprenticeship programme aims to provide unemployed people aged between 16-24 years old with paid opportunities to gain access to on-the-job training, skills and experience in the arts and cultural sector.

It comes after more than a quarter of employers in the creative and cultural sector have had difficulty in recruiting due to a lack of experience and skills in applicants.