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Reality show star hosts apprenticeship drive

Posted on Tuesday 11 July 2017

Joey Essex

TV celebrity and reality show star Joey Essex will be in Gateshead this month, to speak at an event to help young people into employment through an apprenticeship.

The event, The Joey Essex Apprenticeship Show, hosted by Gateshead Council Learning Skills, will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Bottle Bank, Gateshead, on Saturday, 22 July, between 11.30am and 2pm and is free to attend.

The event is aimed at young people from Tyne and Wear who are aged between 15 and 23. Everyone who attends is guaranteed an apprenticeship with employers signed up with Gateshead Council. 

Apprenticeships are available in business admin, ICT, customer service and retail, hospitality, health and social care services, cleaning and support services and also for teaching assistants and nursery assistants.

Gateshead Council is the third largest local authority in England for apprenticeship delivery, but at any one time, is always carrying around 40 vacancies for apprentices in a wide range of jobs.

As well as finding out more about what apprenticeships are available at the Joey Essex event, young people will be able to hear all about which apprenticeships are available, career progression and the types of employers they could work for. 

Councillor Angela Douglas, Gateshead Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “This is an ideal opportunity for young people to find out more about apprenticeships in a relaxed setting. We’re grateful to have Joey Essex who will be able to speak from experience how you don’t necessarily need great academic qualifications to succeed, just hard work and commitment.

“Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to gain experience and qualifications while earning a decent salary. They are an increasingly popular choice for young people and can prove to be an excellent start on the career ladder. Apprenticeships play a crucial role in helping businesses grow and develop the levels of expertise needed to resource our future industries.”

Twenty six year old Joey Essex, who rose to fame in the reality television series, The Only Way is Essex’ and has also appeared on “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”, “Celebrity Juice”, “Educating Joey Essex” and “The Jump”, will be on hand to share his personal journey to celebrity status.  Joey will talk candidly about the difficulties he faced growing up without his mother, who died when he was 10 years old.

Despite not having any higher education qualifications Joey has shown that with hard work and dedication you often don’t need great academic qualifications to succeed.

He will talk about how to become an apprentice and how it can lead to a great career. Those who attend the event will get the chance to put a question to Joey, meet him in person and get their photo taken with him.

The event is free, but anyone who wants to attend must register for a wristband, which will be posted out to them, by going onto the website or by texting JOEY to 80818 for a secure text for entry into the event.

For more information call John Shaw on 0191 433 8762 or email