NEWCASTLE COUNCIL OFFERS APPRENTICESHIPS TO ASSIST PANDEMIC RECOVERY

Newcastle Council is on the hunt for its next group of apprentices.

It will offer positions to 12 young people next year, in a range of fields as diverse as civil construction and horticulture.

The council says the program is an important part of helping the region’s youth bounce back from COVID-19.

“Young people are looking for opportunities and jobs and we know that that’s one of the really unfortunate impacts of the COVID pandemic, is that we’ve seen a real increase in youth unemployment rates.”

Tarryn Collison Marsh was an apprentice in 2019… he’s since secured a full-time job in civil construction.

“I was straight out of school and I saw the apprenticeship pop up and thought “perfect way to get started!”

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Isobella Evans is a journalist with NBN News in Newcastle. After discovering a love for writing in primary school, Bella went on to complete a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle in 2018. She enjoyed a series of internships, including a gig at the Royal Easter Show, before receiving a full-time position at NBN's Tamworth bureau, where she worked for almost three years before moving to the company's Newcastle office in 2021.