Civic leaders have welcomed a new intake of apprentices and praised their value to the authority.
Hartlepool Borough Council has taken on board 13 young people in a variety of jobs while another 20 are set to progress to the next level of their on the job training.
I’m excited about giving something back to the community I grew up in
The council runs the programme in a joint initiative with Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Council leader Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher and Chief Executive Gill Alexander addressed the young people and spoke about the value of the apprentice scheme.
Coun Akers-Belcher told them: “It is our responsibility to nurture the many talents you have to ensure that you achieve the very best for yourselves and for our town.
“One of the reasons we do well is because we have a fantastic workforce who you will learn from and support you every step of the way.”
Gill Alexander added: “We place a very high importance on our apprenticeship programme and are committed to recruiting the best apprentices.”
The apprenticeships are in a wide range of disciplines including business administration, customer service, electrical installation, heating engineering, painting and decorating, bricklaying, building control, housing strategy and civil engineering.
Bricklaying apprentice Nathan Shaw, from the Park Road area of town, said: “It’s a great opportunity to work and receive professional training and I’m excited about giving something back to the community I grew up in.”
For 18-year-old Holly Morrow from the Headland, it is her first job who will working in the Child and Adults Department in a business administration apprenticeship.
Liam Hanson, 21, started his civil engineering apprenticeship in 2012 and is the first apprentice to progress to a Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND).
He said: “The apprenticeship programme has been very good for me and the training and support has been first class.”
Lorraine Thornton, of Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “The initiative allows the apprentices to achieve industry relevant qualifications whilst simultaneously completing vitally important and relevant work experience.”