Students were given the chance to experience working in a busy council department.
A group of 12 pupils aged 16 to 19 from TyneMet College took part in ‘Experience Days’ organised by North Tyneside Homes – North Tyneside Council’s housing arm.
The students, on the preparation for employment course at the college, shadowed council employees and gained experience of what it is like to work in a busy team.
To be selected for the days, the students took part in a realistic application and interview process designed by North Tyneside Homes.
Feedback on the process was provided so that the students could build on current skills and develop others.
Placement opportunities included meeting tenants alongside North Tyneside Homes’ involvement team, working on the waggonways, getting out onto estates with local housing patch teams, spending time on reception and in customer services, and working with the council’s services team.
The scheme is set to develop for the next school year.
Sue Davison, schools and employer liaison officer at TyneMet College, said: “At a time when youth unemployment is at such a high level, having the support of North Tyneside Homes gives them not only work experience but hope for the future.
“The young people in the foundation learning department work really hard, giving them a realistic experience of recruitment and selection workshops is invaluable.”