Apprentice boss urges employers to support aspirations of young people

17-year-old Vanessa Phillips from Whitley Bay has already stepped on to the career ladder after being hired as an apprentice at North Tyneside Council.

The apprenticeship will last for 18 months and Vanessa will work in the office of Mayor Norma Redfearn.

Vanessa said: “Working in the elected mayor’s office will give me valuable experience and is a great opportunity to get my career off the ground.”

Mrs Redfearn said: “I would like the council and all local employers to support the aspirations of our young people and provide valued training and skills that will help them get a start in life. These days apprenticeships are more important than ever to young people. During my time on the council I’ve met so many young people and I’m always astounded by their incredible talents, enthusiasm and skills. They want to work, and just like Vanessa, they deserve a chance.”