No leakage of talent as North Shields apprentice seals full-time job

Jordon Reid with MP Stephen Hepburn, Keith Oliver from Zenrith People, Coun John McCabe and Martin Porter from Watergate Flood Solutions.
Jordon Reid with MP Stephen Hepburn, Keith Oliver from Zenrith People, Coun John McCabe and Martin Porter from Watergate Flood Solutions.

A Tyneside manufacturer has offered full-time employment to their young apprentice.

Jordon Reid, the 19-year-old from Percy Main in North Shields, is now a fabricator at Watergate Flood Solutions, a company based in Hebburn that makes flood defence doors.

Jordon said he was ‘thrilled’ with the news at the end of the apprenticeship.

He added: “In the space of a year I have achieved an NVQ and have settled into a role that I really enjoy and with a team that I have bonded with.

“I now have a good understanding of the manufacturing process for the composite and PVCu flood defence doors and as part of my responsibility I help to put the gaskets into the doors as well as welding them before the silicon goes in.”

He first heard about the apprenticeship through talks Rising Star, a youth recruitment and training business founded by Zenrith People,

Managing director at Watergate Flood Solutions Paul Briggs said: “Young people can often get a hard time in the press but Jordon dispels this myth.

“As a 19-year-old lad travelling from Percy Main to Hebburn each morning he is out of the house by 5am and arrives on time with a hunger to learn.

“We need more young people with the same positive mindset learning the tools of the trade from a young age and being mentored properly into the workplace.”

He added that the company was ‘delighted’ to offer Jordon the full-time work, and looks forward to seeing his career progress.