Gateshead College has recruited 12 new apprentices.
The young people have taken on roles ranging from sports facilitation and football coaching to IT and business development.
The new Level 2 apprentices follow last year’s starters who have now progressed to Level 3 after a successful year combining classroom studies with workplace learning.
A total of 20 apprentices – or 3% or the workforce – are employed by the college, which is the best in the region for apprenticeship success rates, working alongside employers to meet their needs through programmes that equip young people with the skills to succeed in the workplace.
Most of the apprentices will be based at the Baltic Campus but others will be at the Academy for Sport. Mark Thompson, director of people and organisational development, said: “These young apprentices have not only gained an important first step on the career ladder, but will also benefit from classroom studies that will equip them with the skills needed to succeed now and throughout the rest of their working lives.
“Apprentices are essential for a successful UK economy.”