Experience for students

A programme designed to help students make meaningful career choices and gain practical experiences is being piloted in the county.

Developed by Bedlington charity Leading Link, the project sees 21 students from St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy in Bedlington, visiting and experiencing real work situations.

Once all five workplaces have been visited the students identify the type of work they want to look into further and then go back to their choice of employer to carry out a short work experience project.

The first visit saw the students visit Wallsend based Blue Line Taxis where they were given a talk about the business, saw how call centre agents are trained and found out about the Blueline Driving Academy.

Blueline managing director Ian Shanks said: “This programme allows the students to make decisions on their future career based on what they have experienced on their visit.

“At Blue Line we have a wide range of jobs from call centre operator to taxi driver and from insurance brokers to mechanics. We’re pleased to have helped them with this visit.”

Other firms that have pledged to help over the next five weeks include New Life Contracts, a carpet and flooring business in Washington, Northern Gas Networks in Sunderland, HMS Calliope the Royal Naval Reserves base in Gateshead and Northumbrian Bearings in Cramlington.