THE Port of Tyne is recruiting five new apprentices in finance, engineering and security, to help reach its target of 25 apprentices each year.

Geoff Gillon, the port's human resources director, said: “This is a tough time in the job market, with many young people struggling to find career opportunities.

“The future is exciting the Port of Tyne is investing in expanding our business operations and improving the chances for young people is part of our commitment to the community.”

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The Port of Tyne is one of the UK’s leading Investors in People organisations and invested £500k in training development in 2013, equating to 15,000 hours of training.

Recruitment is underway with more planned later in the year, “We have 16 apprentices who are enjoying the opportunity to earn while they learn and achieve a recognised qualification while gaining vital work experience,” added Mr Gillon.

“Apprentices provide an excellent alternative to academic study, and offer a fresh perspective that we’ve found is good for business, creating more dynamic teams.”

The closing date for applicants is Friday July 11.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online via the Port’s website portoftyne.co.uk.