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.”