Five new heating engineers are stoked after being hired by a local company as part of an in-house expansion.
The quintet have been taken on by Homes for Northumberland who are keen to help the group get their feet on the career ladder.
The appointments follow the housing association’s expansion, with services such as heating installation being brought in-house, creating a higher demand for staff and apprentices.
The apprenticeships will last up to three years; and will entail gaining experience within the housing association and a qualification through Northumberland College.
Owen Wharton, aged 19, has just begun his apprenticeship as a heating engineer.
Speaking of the experience he said: “This role gives me great career prospects and allows me to gain a Level 3 NVQ in plumbing and heating whilst working within a reputable company.
“I am thoroughly enjoying my apprenticeship as I am expanding my skills in a trade which I love as well as meeting a wide range of people across Northumberland.”
The new recruits will be joining the organisation’s recently hired ten apprentices, all of who live in a property managed by Homes for Northumberland.
Kevin Lowry, managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: “This is an exciting period of growth for us and we are delighted to be welcoming new staff to join us during this time.
“Apprenticeships are a brilliant opportunity for young people to get their feet on the career ladder and hone their skills and trades.
“We have been elated with the success of our first apprentices and look forward to watching our new recruits develop.”
Homes for Northumberland is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up in April 2009 to manage and improve more than 8,500 council homes in Alnwick and Blyth Valley on behalf of Northumberland County Council.