SIX school-leavers have taken their first step into employment and joined one of the region’s biggest companies.
The 18 and 19-year-olds are embarking on Procter & Gamble’s finance and accounting undergraduate programme at the company’s Cobalt site.
Now in its eighth year, the apprenticeship scheme offers an alternative to university for school-leavers in the borough.
The group have all come from North Tyneside schools and will work in partnership with Northumbria University and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) during the programme.
P&G ensure that at the end of the three-year traineeship, apprentices will be AAT qualified and part way through their degree in accounting and finance and, after graduating from the programme, will be offered a role as a ‘first level’ accountant with the company.
Eighteen-year-olds Paige Wilson, Holly Kilgour, Nathan Charrada and Steven Gregory, and 19-year-olds Shona Macleman and Gurvinder Gill, secured their places in competition with hundreds of other applicants.
Programme leader, Joanne Evans, said: “We expect a lot from our apprentices, which is why we follow a recruitment process that is the as for any other P&G employee.
“We’re really proud of the way the programme has developed.
“This year one of our apprentices, Diane Gray, won North East Higher Apprentice of the Year which is absolutely brilliant.”