THREE teenage apprentices can look forward to a bright future after they were all offered permanent contracts with the same firm.
Cherise Bradley, 18, and 19-year-olds Amber Cockrill and Lauren Henderson certainly impressed their bosses at the Hartlepool-based firm Energy Direct (UK).
All three showed great potential when they completed a six-month Business Administration Level 2 Apprenticeship for their company through training firm Baltic Training Services.
Hartlepool duo Cherise and Amber, and Lauren, from Trimdon, are now all fully qualified administrators with the firm, which is an energy consultancy.
It operates throughout the UK, with clients ranging from major blue chip organisations to small and medium size enterprises.
Energy Direct was set up in 2003 and employs 17 people from the Queens Meadow Business Park in town.
Head of operations and business development John Shayler said: “We are a relatively small company but we are growing. As part of that we were looking at ways to do that. We looked at apprenticeships as a way to get the girls qualified and we are very happy with the results. Cherise, Amber and Lauren have been fantastic, and that is credit to them, as is the fact that they are in permanent jobs.”
Andrew Lenehan, business development manager at Baltic Training Services, said: “We are very proud of our apprentices and the positive impression they have made.
“We encourage other forward-thinking organisations to embrace apprenticeship programmes as a low-risk, cost-effective recruitment option that will see organisations, such as Energy Direct (UK), reap the long-term benefits of a skilled and diverse workforce.”
Mr Lenehan said the partnership with high-profile organisations such as Energy Direct (UK), was a clear demonstration of why Government funding and support for apprenticeship training delivered by a professional training provider – combined with the high calibre of apprentices, proved to be “a winning model”.