A company has earned a seal of approval for its work in supporting apprentices.
North Tyneside Council has awarded consultancy provider Capita with an Apprenticeship Standard.
Capita has recruited 21 apprentices since its partnership with the local authority began in November 2012, including six this summer.
Business director Richard Carmichael said: “At Capita, we are keen to recruit and develop apprentices. It’s been really pleasing to see so many of the apprentices become key members of the team and to go onto further training and development.”
Among those to have completed their apprenticeship is Melissa Nilson, 21, of North Shields. She passed an NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business & Administration and is now a technical business support officer within the building control team.
Melissa said: “An apprenticeship was definitely the best fit for me as I knew I wanted to work rather than going from sixth-form college straight to university.”
“When I joined Capita as an apprentice, I was offered a practical alternative to university that provides me with skills relevant to my job with no tuition fees or student loan whilst being paid higher than the national average for apprenticeships.
“I have received so much support from all my colleagues and Capita has given me a lot of freedom in choosing which area I would like to progress my career in.
“I am on the way to obtaining a degree in Business Management which will still only take three years but I will have valuable work experience with no student debt.”