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The Port of Tyne's ‘Rising Star Boot Camp' has put future apprentices through their paces in a week long programme designed to give hopeful candidates experience of working environments and provide valuable employability skills.

The Port plans to more than treble its number of apprentices, creating 13 new apprenticeships in 2013. There were 230 applications for the first seven posts and of these 30 were shortlisted.

Recruitment agency Zenith People organised the week-long boot camps designed to help hone the candidates' skills before the interview process.

As part of the process, candidates toured the Port site to meet Port staff.

Louise Tinkler, Port of Tyne Human Resources Manager (Strategy), said: "The Port of Tyne is committed to developing young people and this initiative through our partnership with Zenith People is a fantastic opportunity to deliver skills that can ultimately increase young people's chances of getting a job.

"Everyone who graduates from the programme will be guaranteed an interview with the Port for one of the seven apprenticeships. And even those who are unsuccessful will be supported by Zenith to help find alternative employment."

Before graduating, the boot camps rounded off with a presentation from the candidates about their experience and a ceremony where they were presented with certificates.

Stephen Sharp, 22, from Wallsend who is applying for an apprenticeship in security services, said: "I was amazed at the size of the Port of Tyne's operations. It is quite surprising how vast an area the Port covers and the huge variety of things that it does."

Angela Anderson, Managing Director of Zenith People, said: "Working with the Port of Tyne has been a fantastic experience. The Port has really bought into the Rising Star Boot Camp process and has done everything they can to embed the values of the Port throughout the recruitment experience for the candidates. They've invested a lot of time and effort into ensuring that whoever is successful has a full understanding and appreciation of what the Port of Tyne is about, and those who are not successful will still have gained valuable experience of applying for work."

Following the success of the first ‘Rising Star Boot Camp' the Port is already planning to repeat the programme for its remaining six new apprentice positions, for which recruitment will take place later this year.


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager

Tel: 0191 455 2671 Mobile: 07912 390777 Email:

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