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Local charitable foundation, High Tide has this year broken records, with a significant increase in both the number of student applicants and placements for its outstanding Summer Scheme.

Joining together industry and education across Teesside to improve learning and employment opportunities; Middlesbrough based High Tide Foundation offers 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.

After aiming to attract 50 students to participate in the scheme in 2015, High Tide has 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 such as Nifco UK and Clugston Construction, together with the existing High Tide members increasing their involvement; the charity has 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 the Foundation’s 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 its achievements, High Tide will continue to promote awareness of its work and hope to increase the placements available again in 2016.


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