Henderson Insurance Brokers on Teesside is helping give local young people their first step on the career ladder with the recruitment of three apprentices.
Harry Wood, 16, of Stockton has secured an apprenticeship in the company’s claims department after leaving St Patrick’s Catholic College, Thornaby.
Jamie West has been hired as an Apprentice Broker. The 19-year-old has joined the firm after leaving Egglescliffe School.
Tiegan Taylor-Helm, 18, who lives in Ingleby Barwick, also is an Apprentice Broker, previously having achieved a Level 3 Business Studies qualification from Middlesbrough College.
Traditionally, apprenticeships are associated with industries such as engineering and construction.
However, directors at Henderson Insurance Brokers in Teesside believe it is important for young people to gain hands-on work experience within all professions.
The apprentices will be trained in technical insurance knowledge, using one-to-one workshops and online resources. They also will gain qualifications from the Chartered Insurance Institute and receive local CII training.
Director Emma Simkins said: “Apprenticeships are the perfect way to earn while you learn. We are providing the apprentices with real world business experience as well as allowing them to continue their education.
“By joining Henderson Insurance Brokers the apprentices will gain both practical and theoretical experience, they will have an advantage over their peers who haven’t had experience working in a busy office environment.
“Tiegan, Jamie and Harry are proving themselves to be hard-working intelligent young people with a strong future at the firm. We are delighted to have recruited three committed individuals who will help to shape the future of the next generation of workers.”
Harry added: “I chose an apprenticeship because it is a fantastic way to get hands-on practical experience while gaining qualifications at the same time. I am very proud to have been recruited by Henderson Insurance Brokers, I hope to build a successful career at the firm.”