A new partnership helping young people not in employment, education or training has celebrated its first success.
A total of 15 young people are currently taking part in ‘Working Roots’, a partnership between North Tyneside Council, Kier North Tyneside and community-interest company Justice Prince.
Trainees aged 16 to 18 gain experience working with Kier to learn skills in fencing, gardening, painting or decorating.
And at a special event held at the council’s headquarters, the trainees received certificates for completing the first 12 weeks of the programme.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Our trainees have done us proud and are showing other young people – who may believe there is nothing out there for them – that there is.”
Kier regional director Mike Furze said: “The Working Roots programme is a fantastic example of genuine partnerships benefiting everybody concerned.
“The trainees themselves deserve the greatest credit though – they’re dedicated and determined, making a real difference not just to their own lives, but to their local community. We’re so proud to be a part of this.”
While on the programme, trainees receive a £50 weekly allowance and complete basic maths and English qualifications.
The current Working Roots programme will run until August 2014 and the partners hope that funding will be found to allow it continue and expand to offer more opportunities.