Apprentices flying high

Ashington teenager Reece Aitman (fifth left) with the other Dawson and Sanderson apprentices and their college lecturers.
Ashington teenager Reece Aitman (fifth left) with the other Dawson and Sanderson apprentices and their college lecturers.
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A teenager from Ashington is aiming high after being taken on as an apprentice.

Reece Aitman is one of nine jet-setting young people taken on by Dawson & Sanderson at branches across the north east.

The 18-year-old will be at the Ashington outlet while completing two years of study at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Chris Harrison, sales and marketing director of Dawson & Sanderson, said: “Many of our staff started as apprentices and have progressed through the business often into senior positions

“The partnership with Hartlepool College is fantastic as they have a great track record for developing young people through work-based learning. ”

On completion of the apprenticeship, the young students will graduate as full-time travel consultants with a level two diploma in travel and tourism.

Janet Best, a lecturer in Travel and Tourism at Hartlepool College of Further Education, added: “We are delighted to be working with Dawson & Sanderson once more and the sky is the limit for the new apprentices.

“The first cohort was fantastic and showed a great work ethos and with the support from Dawson & Sanderson, they were able to produce some outstanding work.”

Chris added: “The travel services industry faces many challenges but our new apprentices will be able to take on those challenges as they prepare to become the next generation of travel professionals.”