Up to 20 engineering apprentice posts are to be in place in the Newton Aycliffe and Middridge area as part of a specially funded scheme.
It has the double bonus of getting unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds into work and also helping local businesses.
In the past two years Durham County Councils apprenticeship programme has helped over 300 young people find work.
Last year Samwon Tech took on three apprentices for their machinery servicing and supply base at Newton Aycliffe industrial estate. They were supported by the County Durham Apprenticeship Programme funded by Durham County Council.
This local scheme is being funded by the Great Aycliffe and Middridge Area Action Partnership (GAMP) and the neighbourhood budget of the late Durham County Councillor Enid Paylor.
GAMP Coordinator Brian Riley said: “This is an exciting opportunity for both business and young people trying to get into the world of work. It is partnership working for the benefit of the local community and helping young people get on the employment ladder and assisting local businesses during this difficult economic period.”
Garry Quickfall, managing director, Samwon Tech, said: “All our apprentices have settled in really well and are getting great experience as well as studying to get business qualifications. It is really good to be part of the community and recruit young people who may be finding it difficult to get work.”
Apprentice Tommy Robb added: “One of the great things about the apprenticeship route is the fact we gain valuable real work experience while earning complimentary qualifications.”
For further details contact Durham County Council’s employability team on 03000 262009 or email [email protected]
Pictured above (left to right): Russell Mills,Samwon Tech; Alison Kirk, employability officer, Durham County Council; Brian Riley, GAMP coordinator and apprentices John Leighton, Daniel Stott and Tommy Robb.