An employment partnership between a work programme provider and a Blyth company has led to 11 people securing jobs.
The 11, who range in age from 19 to 39, have recently joined document scanning and archive storage specialists Cleardata, based on the Riverside Business Park.
They said they owed their success to the employment support received from Ingeus and the determination of Cleardata to ensure local people are offered real job opportunities.
Bureau manager Andrew Rumney said: “We have a need for keen, enthusiastic people who can show initiative and make a real difference to our business.
“Working with Ingeus, we have been able to tap into a source of work-ready jobseekers, and all our recruits have fulfilled that brief very well.
“The recruits work alongside an experienced team of staff, which provides support and guidance to ensure training needs are met and quality, security and compliance standards are adhered to.”
Two members of the new team are Joanne Dixon, 39, from Bedlington, and 20-year-old Daniel McLaughlin, from Cowpen.
Joanne now prepares data and ensures it is ready for scanning and Daniel is a warehouseman at Cleardata’s secure document storage facility.
Deborah Mahoney, from Ingeus, said: “The Work Programme is a real aid to employers.
“Free of charge, we provide a range of services from CV-sifting to hosting recruitment days, and then we continue to support new employees for up to two years once they start their new jobs.
“Our aim is to help employers increase staff retention, and it means that more people from the north east are getting back into work.”