New apprentices starting careers with Bernicia

It’s a warm welcome from everyone at Bernicia to our new apprentices as they take their first steps into the world of work.

Our Chief Executive John Johnston led the welcome for the ten young people joining our highly successful apprenticeships programme:

  • Josh Brewster – Joinery – Durham
  • Benjamin Urwin – Joinery – Durham
  • Aaron Armstrong – Electrical – Durham
  • Bradley Green – Housing – Durham
  • Ben Martin – Plastering – Ashington
  • Daniel Slater – Electrical – Ashington
  • Libbi Knight – Joinery – Ashington
  • Emma Caw – Business/Admin – Ashington
  • Erin Tweddell – Business/Admin – Ashington
  • Kelsey Monaghan – Housing – Ashington

The new recruits will spend between 18 months and four years on the programme, in paid employment combined with one day’s training per week with local colleges and learning providers.

Over the past ten years, more than 60 young people have successfully completed their apprenticeships at Bernicia in roles spanning electricians, joiners, plumbers, plasterers and bricklayers through to housing assistants, IT support, procurement specialists and business administrators.

And over 97% of those apprentices have chosen to stay and pursue their careers with Bernicia, with some rising to senior roles within the business

In total, 23 young people are currently working at Bernicia at different stages of their apprenticeships.

Jackie Johnson, Bernicia employability manager, said: “It’s a big day for these young people as they take their first steps into what we hope will be successful careers for all of them.

“An apprenticeship provides the skills and knowledge they need, as well as the social skills that are vital in the workplace to secure a full-time role at Bernicia.

“We have a retention rate of just over 97% for the apprentices completing our programme, who decide to stay with us to pursue a career.

“For Bernicia, we are growing our next generation of our workforce. We’ve so many examples of young people who joined us as apprentices who have gone on to fill important roles within our business.

“It’s so rewarding for us to watch them mature during their apprenticeship, to see their self confidence grow and how they apply the skills they learn.

“These are life-long skills which will be the foundation of their careers and we wish them all every success.”