A painting and decorating firm has splashed out to take on another apprentice.
Tynemouth Decorators Ltd, set up in 2006 by Stephen Hull, has appointed its seventh apprentice to help train the next generation and meet growing demands.
The latest recruit, 16-year-old Keegan Martin, from North Shields, joins a team of former apprentices who now make up the bulk of the company’s workforce.
The former Churchill Community College pupil is learning his trade with Tynemouth Decorators Ltd, in conjunction with North Tyneside Learning Trust.
Stephen, who began as an apprentice himself for his late father Michael, left the trade after 10 years to work at Nissan before returning to the profession a decade later to set up on his own.
Stephen said: “I’m passionate about giving young people the leg up they need; most youngsters choosing to leave school at 16 have little idea what they want to do or the amount of work and effort they will need to put in to succeed.
“However with a little support and encouragement, it is amazing what they can achieve.
“Some of my most experienced team members started out with me as an apprentice and it is great to see them progress and take on senior roles.
“I firmly believe that our approach works and the entire team shares the same drive and determination to deliver a quality product which I know has been a huge factor in our growth.”
He added: “Whilst we remain very much a domestic painter and decorator we are increasingly transferring this quality work over in to the commercial sector too and in recent times have won a number of high profile commercial contracts across North Tyneside and Newcastle.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted to see another example of local businesses supporting young people into work through the apprentice scheme and giving them the chance to learn vital skills to set them up in their careers.
“I would personally like to thank Tynemouth Decorators for their commitment to helping us develop the future generation and I wish these apprentices well.
“As a council we are here to support these businesses through programmes such as The Business Factory, which provides a wide range of professional support to new and existing businesses across the borough to fuel their ongoing growth.”