Lydia aiming to fly high in new career

Lydia Robson (second right) who has been taken on as an apprentice by Dawson & Sanderson at their branch in North Shields.
Lydia Robson (second right) who has been taken on as an apprentice by Dawson & Sanderson at their branch in North Shields.

A teenager from North Shields is aiming high after being taken on as an apprentice.

Lydia Robson is one of nine jet-setting teenagers taken on by Dawson & Sanderson at branches across the north east.

The 18-year-old will be based at the North Shields branch while completing two years of study at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Lydia said: “I am excited to start the apprenticeship. It’s an industry I’m interested in and by doing an apprenticeship, hopefully I can secure full-time work at the end of the course.”

Chris Harrison, sales and marketing director of Dawson & Sanderson, said: “Many of our staff started as apprentices and have progressed through the business often.

“The partnership with Hartlepool College is fantastic as they have a great track record for developing young people through work-based learning.”

On completion of the apprenticeship, the students will graduate as full-time travel consultants with a Level two diploma in travel and tourism.

Janet Best, a lecturer in Travel and Tourism at Hartlepool College of Further Education, added: “We are delighted to be working with Dawson & Sanderson once more and the sky is the limit for the new apprentices.

“The first cohort was fantastic and showed a great work ethos and with the support from Dawson & Sanderson, they were able to produce some outstanding work.”

Chris added: “The travel services industry faces many challenges but our new apprentices will be able to take on those challenges as they prepare to become the next generation of travel professionals.”