A former apprentice has highlighted the importance of giving young people a chance through apprenticeships.
Robyn Storey, from Blyth, joined Newcastle-based Allay as an apprentice more than five years ago.
The 22-year-old has since progressed to a management role overseeing the processing team, and is responsible for six members of staff.
Following on from National Apprenticeship Week, Robyn said: “My apprenticeship with Allay has opened up a long-term career which I enjoy every day.
“As an apprentice I really benefitted from gaining on-the-job experience which helped me to develop quickly, and having my own responsibilities was great for my work ethic and gave me something to strive towards.
“The company has a long-standing history of employing apprentices who have gone on to progress internally, so there is a wealth of knowledge to tap into and plenty of examples of those to look up to.
“I’m always happy to use my experience to help our apprentices progress and develop in their roles.”
The firm has recently taken on three new apprentices, and there are currently opportunities in Allay’s invoicing department.
Steven Bell, managing director of Allay, said: “Apprentices are a big part of our business and what they can offer in terms of fresh ideas, willingness to learn and innovative thinking cannot be underestimated.
“We have apprentices at our centres across the UK, where they gain on-the-job experience.
“They are given their own role with responsibilities and have the chance of full time employment on completion of their apprenticeship.
“We provide apprentices with both internal and external training, opportunities to learn practical skills by working closely with our experienced team and a commitment to their long-term future with the business.
“As an entrepreneurial firm we are always keen to provide that all-important first step onto a potential career path.”
To find out more about working at Allay visit www.allay.co.uk/about/careers/ or call 0191 631 0804.