Four more apprentices have been taken on by North Tyneside Council.
Over the last 12 months the authority has now taken on 32 apprentices, helping them get a foot on the career ladder.
The new group of recruits, who are aged between 17 and 20, have taken up their posts within the council’s sport and leisure department.
During the next 18 months, they will spend four months at each of the borough’s different leisure centres and also attend TyneMet College.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are dedicated to harnessing the talent and potential of our young people and our apprenticeships are a great way to do so.
“It’s a fantastic way for young people to gain relevant experience and a qualification, as well as developing their vital skills and confidence.
“I wish these apprentices well in their new roles within our leisure centres.”
Over the 18 months as well as their NVQ, they will also gain lifeguard and health and safety qualifications.
New apprentice Callum Davison, 18, from Killingworth, said: “I’m looking forward to working in the gym and getting my lifeguard qualification.”
Daniel Barlow, 19, from North Shields, added: “I’ve always wanted to work in leisure and, out of all the leisure facilities in the area, the council’s are the best.”