Hartlepool teenager Cameron Cook is laying the foundations of a promising career.
The 19-year-old is one of two new apprentices taken on by County Durham-based property and energy firm The Banks Group.
Matthew and Cameron are enthusiastic young men who produced good educational grades together with high standards of practical application.Keith Tarn
Cameron and 18-year-old Matthew Fletcher, from Sunderland, beat 140 applicants for the two fabricator/welder apprenticeships, which will see them undertake a comprehensive three-year training programme combining on the job practical training with theoretical classroom-based learning.
The apprenticeships are based at the family-owned firm’s depot in West Cornforth and will be working directly with highly experienced Banks staff to learn vital skills.
Keith Tarn, group human resources manager at The Banks Group, says: “One of the key challenges for any business is ensuring that it keeps adding to and improving its workforce’s skills base and thereby managing succession by making the best use possible of the expertise of highly-experienced staff who can help young recruits learn on the job.
“A great deal of careful planning has gone into designing these apprenticeships to ensure they help Matthew and Cameron develop skills that will serve them well throughout their entire working lives.
“Matthew and Cameron are enthusiastic young men who produced good educational grades together with high standards of practical application.”