Academy joy for quartet

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Four teenagers in the borough are celebrating landing apprenticeships while a young man has seen his apprenticeship turn into a full-time job.

The quartet of young filmmakers are among 20 who have landed a place on the National Youth Film Academy apprenticeship scheme.

The academy was created to identify and develop the talents of young filmmakers aged between 16 and 25.

Alexander Henderson, 18, from Whitley Bay; James Anderson, 17, from North Shields; Liam Parker, 19, from Wallsend; and Thea Van Der Velde, 17, from Whitley Bay, say they are all looking forward to their apprenticeships.

Elsewhere, Jonny Legg has secured a full-time role after a 12 months apprenticeship in two of the borough’s voluntary organisations.

The 20-year-old from North Shields has been appointed as a trainee community organiser by Locality and will be based at VODA (Voluntary Organisations Development Agency) in Shiremoor.

His role will see him working in the community listening to people, groups and businesses to help them take action to tackle local issues.

Jonny said: “I’m over the moon. I definitely believe my time as an apprentice helped me get the job.

“I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into the new job and helping people make a difference in their communities.”