Fitness is the key to business success

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A COMPANY which promotes fitness has taken on more apprentices.

Tees Active Ltd, which works in areas including Billingham, can boast a 95 per cent success rate of apprentices who are so good, they transfer their training into permanent employment either with the company or with alternative employers.

Its success has led to the company taking on ten more apprentices.

Managing director Steve Chaytor said: “This is a great opportunity for these young people to join a successful and expanding company in the leisure sector.

“It is also a great opportunity for us to take on local talent and develop them for future employment. We are hoping the scheme will be a great success.”

One of the first apprentices to be taken on was Mark Lee.

He said: “I was unemployed before Tees Active gave me this fantastic opportunity to break into the health and fitness industry.”

He said he had received vital “on the job experience” and gained the confidence he needed to secure a permanent post.

The next apprenticeship programme will last for 12 months and 100 people applied for it.

Kerry Swan, workforce development manager at Tees Active, said: “We are passionate about supporting apprentices and have worked in partnership with Lifetime Training to provide NVQ and Apprenticeship training, opening up opportunities to young people.”

Tees Active is working in partnership with Stockton Borough Council, Lifetime Training Group, and the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation to deliver the project.

Nigel Wallace, the client services director at Lifetime Training, said:“Apprenticeships offer knowledge and skills like any programme of structured study but acquiring these skills in the workplace gives direct relevance to the learning.”