Joining together industry and education across Teesside to improve learning and employment opportunities; we offer a range of programmes and schemes to encourage young people across the region into work experience. Offering 16-17 year olds placements over the summer holidays, the Summer Scheme allows students to spend time with employers in and around Teesport, where they can learn invaluable business skills.
High Tide trustee, David Robinson at the High Tide Summer Scheme presentation.
After aiming to attract 50 students to participate in the scheme in 2015, we have successfully surpassed this goal, bringing in a total of 56 students which has almost doubled the figures from previous years. With the help of 33 companies, 16 of which are newly joined members; together with the existing members increasing their involvement; we have firmly secured a total of 108 placements. These opportunities will accommodate participants to take part in two-week placements over the next few months.
The Summer Scheme, which kicked off at the beginning of July, has not only broken past records but has also created a platform that has generated around 140 weeks’ worth of work experience opportunities for youngsters in the region looking to get their foot on the career ladder.
High Tide Co-ordinator, Lauren Bywater said of these achievements: “We’re delighted to have brought in record numbers of students for our Summer Scheme this year. It is a real credit to the member companies who we are so lucky to have on board and championing our programmes.
“The increased support this year from current and new member companies demonstrates the real value and success the programme brings to not only the student, but the businesses involved also.”
Echoing the success of the numbers, the Summer Scheme also saw three of last year’s participants applying again as they found the experience so valuable the first time around. From the momentum of our achievements, we will continue to promote awareness of our work and hope to increase the placements available again in 2016.