Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Recruited by Jobs Agency

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Recruited by Jobs Agency

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Byline: IAIN LAING

JUST weeks after Newcastle College Employment Gateway opened its doors to help jobseekers, two administration apprenticeships have secured posts.

Sharon Pegram, 22, from ,and Sophie Anderson, 18, from Sunderland, have been taken on as level three Business Administration Apprentices to help support the Employment Gateway's increasing number of customers.

Ms Anderson had completed an employability course in Business and Administration at Newcastle College aimed at helping her to find a job. Just a week later both she and Ms Pegram had been appointed through the apprenticeship scheme.

Abigail Bundy, Employment Gateway manager, said: "Both Sharon and Sophie have been a fantastic addition to the team.

"The launch of the Employment Gateway has proved to be a huge success. Our key aim is to offer customers a quality service which is tailored to their individual needs. In order for us to be able to do this it is vital that we have the right team in place.

"The Apprenticeship Scheme provided us with a cost-effective way to recruit. Sharon and Sophie are really keen to learn and are working with the team to develop their skills.

"This really was a win-win situation for us. We now have two highly motivated members of staff and are delighted to have been able to offer employment to local people."

The Employment Gateway is designed to give local unemployed people the necessary support to help them get back into work, training or to gain essential employment skills.

The new service is available to those who are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or inactive benefits Delivered by Intraining, a national training and employability provider, the Gateway can provide customers with a range of services tailored to their individual needs.

Ms Anderson said: "I'd had about seven interviews before I got this job so I was absolutely over the moon. It just goes to show that even if you are beginning to give up hope there are still opportunities out there.

"I really love meeting new people and having just recently been unemployed for about a year I can really relate to what clients are going through which I think helps. …

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