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Trio get chance to learn a new career

(from left): Business administration apprentice Beth Nichol, cleaning apprentice Darren Whitfield, business administration and trading standards apprentice Louise Sword and operations director Barry Pilkington.

(from left): Business administration apprentice Beth Nichol, cleaning apprentice Darren Whitfield, business administration and trading standards apprentice Louise Sword and operations director Barry Pilkington.

Three new apprentices have been appointed by Capita.

The posts are among five being created by the company this year – in addition to the 12 in 2013.

Darren Whitfield, 20, of Howdon, is a cleaning apprentice, Beth Nichol, 18, of Killingworth, is a business administration apprentice, and Louise Sword, 18, of North Shields, is a business administration and trading standards apprentice.

Operations director Barry Pilkington said: “We’re delighted to welcome more apprentices into our business.

“The benefits are mutual. The apprentices bring some real vibrancy and enthusiasm into the workplace while we can provide a career path and the ability to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.”

Darren said: “I’m really enjoying it.

“I’ve been cleaning since I left school but this is a change of environment and, because it’s an apprenticeship, gives more opportunities.”

Beth added: “I’m keen to develop a career in business support and this is a great way of doing that.”

Louise said: “There’s a lot of variety in the work I’m doing – yesterday I was involved in an alcohol test purchase operation. I’m enjoying it and hopefully it will lead to a permanent position.”

 

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