Work placements aim to cut youth unemployment in South Tyneside

Rising Star managing director Angela Anderson and South Tyneside Council's business employment and skills manager Peter McKenna.
Rising Star managing director Angela Anderson and South Tyneside Council's business employment and skills manager Peter McKenna.

Dozens of paid work placements are being provided in a bid to cut youth unemployment in South Tyneside.

South Shields-based youth recruitment agency Rising Star has joined forces with South Tyneside Council and several employers and training providers to offer 60 work placement to teenagers aged 16 to 19.

I’d encourage young people to seize this great opportunity

Coun John Anglin

Lasting up to 16 weeks, the traineeships will give young people certified work experience and a chance to progress to an apprenticeship and study for qualifications in maths and English.

Career options available include ones in engineering, retail, child and adult care, construction, culture and heritage, conservation, information technology, and mentoring and support work.

One of the recruitment campaign’s selling points is that the trainees will be getting £50 a week.

Coun John Anglin, the council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “Work experience is a great way for young people to get a foot in the door and develop the skills that employers need.

“I’d encourage young people to seize this great opportunity and get involved in this initiative.”

Angela Anderson, managing director of Rising Star, a sister company of Zenith People, said: “This is a fantastic project, bringing together leading training providers and employers, and providing young people with excellent opportunities to gain quality work experience.”

To apply, call 427 4651 or e-mail enquiries@zenithrisingstar.com