A fresh batch of new recruits have been taken on by North Tyneside Council.
A total of 19 apprentices, aged between 16 and 27, have been taken on by the authority in a range of roles as part of the latest apprenticeship programme.
They include apprenticeships in legal services, ICT engineering, playwork, business administration.
Welcoming them to the organisation, Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We have a successful apprenticeship programme here at North Tyneside Council and we’re really pleased these bright young people are joining our workforce.
“We have seen firsthand the benefit of apprenticeships, both for the council and for the young person.
“The apprentices are provided with a great opportunity to gain hands-on work experience and a qualification, as well as developing their vital skills and confidence, while we benefit from their fresh outlook on the organisation.
“I wish them every success in their new roles.”
George Dixon, one of the apprentices, said: “My apprenticeship is in business administration within the human resources department – I wanted to be part of a team within a large organisation and to feel valued, that’s why I chose North Tyneside Council.
“I’m pleased I decided to do an apprenticeship as it will enable me to develop as a person and gain new skills, while receiving a wage, training and an NVQ qualification.”
Each apprentice is fully supported by an experienced and dedicated mentor within their team and takes part in a structured learning programme, leading to a nationally-recognised qualification.