Event aims to highlight opportunies for apprentices

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An event is being held to highlight the opportunities in apprenticeships for teenagers.

North Tyneside Council has been promoting the viability of apprentices as part of National Apprenticeship Week – March 6 to 10 – alongside schools and local businesses.

The week will culminate in North Tyneside with the annual Get Up and Go event on Saturday.

The session – which will feature more than 40 employers and providers – will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm at the council’s HQ on Cobalt Business Park. Young people can drop in at any point during the session.

‘Get Up and Go’ aims to raise awareness and understanding of apprenticeships amongst young people aged 15-19 and their families. It has proved to be a popular event, with over 600 people attending in 2016.

Advisers from the Connexions service will be at the event to offer any advice or information, if necessary.

For further information on the Get Up and Go event, contact the Connexions service on (0191) 643 6965.

To find out more about apprenticeships in North Tyneside, email employability.skills@northtyneside.gov.uk or go to www.northtyneside.gov.uk and search for ‘apprenticeships’.

In the past three years, North Tyneside Council have taken on 89 apprentices, including Tom Watson and Jack Shipley, who took up their roles in the environment team in September 2015 and have now earned permanent positions within the council.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s fantastic to see young people like Jack and Tom get rewarded for all their hard work.

“We’ve made a big point of supporting apprenticeships at the council and in North Tyneside as a whole, so it’s great to see that more and more opportunities for young people are becoming available.

“Apprentices bring such enthusiasm into a workplace and with the right support; they can be very valuable assets to any business or organisation.”