A Moorgreen businessman is offering apprenticeships to young people to help them kick-start their careers after his own struggle at school.
David Redfern, founder of web-ranking company Seo77, suffered from severe asthma as a child and his GCSE results were affected as he spent a lot of time in hospital.
The 30-year-old launched his business in 2011 and wanted to offer something to young people in the area who had a passion for business or social media but were struggling to find a job.
He said: “We aim to capture the local talent and as they are working alongside our experts they will end up more knowledgable than most university graduates who have learnt from a textbook.
“It’s an industry where what is new today is not new tomorrow, so it’s about creating the people of tomorrow.”
Mr Redfern welcomed two new apprentices from Eastwood to his company last month - one as a social media assistant and one in digital marketing - and he has two more apprenticeships on offer.
Lauren Parkin, 17, and Ellis Gordon, 17, both attended Hall Park Academy in Eastwood before joining apprenticeship college 3aaa where they secured an interview with Seo77.
Ellis, of Lawrence Avenue, Eastwood said that he hoped the apprenticeship would launch a career.
He added: “I’m learning so many new skills, and there is a much higher chance of getting a job afterwards.
“It is much harder job-hunting without an apprenticeship behind you.”
Seo77 are offering two new apprenticeships. See www.seo77.co.uk to apply.