The Port of Tyne is recruiting five new apprentices in finance, engineering and security, to help it reach its target of taking on 25 every year.
The closing date for the latest vacancies is Friday July 11, with further recruitment being planned for September.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at portoftyne.co.uk.
Director of human resources at the port, Geoff Gillon, said: “This is a tough time in the job market, with many young people struggling to find career opportunities.
“The future is exciting the Port of Tyne is investing in expanding our business operations and improving the chances for young people is part of our commitment to the community.”
The Port of Tyne, which achieved silver status with Investors in People in 2012, invested £500,000 in training development last year, equating to 15,000 hours. The number of full-time jobs at the port also increased by 11% in 2013 to 566 employees.
The port, one of the fastest-growing in the UK, providing a vital trading gateway to worldwide markets, also indirectly supports over 10,500 jobs.
Dillon added: “We have 16 apprentices who are enjoying the opportunity to earn while they learn and achieve a recognised qualification while gaining vital work experience.
“Apprentices provide an excellent alternative to academic study, and offer a fresh perspective that we’ve found is good for business, creating more dynamic teams.”