Ruth Mitchell

New jobs on Teesside thanks to Apollo’s link to local charity

A Teesside based social enterprise charity has given three young people the opportunity to learn vital skills for the world of work through placements with local property services group, Apollo.

Apollo works closely with the Five Lamps Charity to offer employment opportunities for young people in the area.

The property services firm recently won a contract to carry out improvement works on properties in Thornaby and Stockton that are owned by Tristar Homes, part of the larger Vela Group.

Now three youngsters, Aiden Larsen, Andrew Robinson will begin apprenticeships in joinery and decorating respectively, while Thomas Riley has been taken on as a plasterer.

Mike Sanderson, Apollo’s Site Manager, will be working alongside the new employees. He said: “The staff at Five Lamps are totally committed to helping local people in Thornaby and Stockton find work.

“After two successful recruiting days we were delighted to offer one full time position and two apprenticeships, all to start in September.”

Apollo now plans to work with Five Lamps to recruit more apprentices in the future.

Brenda Turnbull, Team leader of Five Lamps, added: “It’s been a pleasure working with Apollo. They are a relatively new employer in our area and are really keen to recruit local people and to develop the skills of young people by offering apprenticeships.

“We are hoping that as the project develops and grows, we will be able to continue working in partnership and offer more opportunities to the customers from Five Lamps.”

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