Two Peterlee companies are working in partnership to bring jobs to the area.
Energy consultancy Start Energy provides a unique procurement service to businesses in the public and private sectors.
The firm took on its first apprentices last year when Megan Bradley began her career as a Business Administration Apprentice and went on to win an Unsung Hero Award at The Energy Live Consultancy Awards (TELCA) in June this year.
Megan also achieved a promotion to head of administration at Start Energy.
After securing new business, including one of the largest contracts in the industry where the client has nearly one million customers, Start Energy is recruiting to support its continuing growth.
Now the firm has launched an apprenticeship recruitment scheme with training provider Profound Services to help ease the process of their new contracts.
The business will see 40 new apprentices taken on this year, working in energy consultant roles.
Gary Robson, director at Start Energy, said: “Start Energy’s long term plan with this customer shows the faith they have in our offer.
“This is a very exciting time for Start Energy and we welcome anyone wanting to join us, especially from our local area to help them achieve their career goals.”
Steven Ward, chairman of the Profound Group added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Start Energy to introduce so many new apprenticeships into the area, whilst also backing the government’s initiative to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.
It’s the perfect time of year to offer opportunities like this to those who have just left school and are hungry to get into work.”