CREATIVE young apprentices are being given a great start on the career ladder.
A new programme has been launched in Hartlepool to give apprentices practical design and print skills as well as a level 3 qualification at a local studio.
Hayley Swainston, Grace Jones, Louis Hannon, Joy Wilson and Jake Taylor were chosen to work in the Tower Design studio, based in Tower Street.
While at work, they are also completing their advanced apprenticeship in graphic design and print through the Springboard Hartlepool organisation.
Their job role is to design, print and finish jobs such as brochures, leaflets and invitations for clients not only in Hartlepool but around the UK.
Bosses say the qualification and practical experience they get from their time as an apprentice can be used to get work, or as a route into university.
Joy Wilson said: “I love working in the studio and plan on using this experience and the level three qualification as a route onto a degree course at Cleveland College of Art in September.”
Studio manager and tutor Helen Smith said: “The apprentices have settled into the studio really well and are producing some fabulous high quality work for our customers.
“The client work we produce is used as evidence for their qualification, which means our rates are a fraction of commercial printers and agencies for most products.”