Producing a wealth of experience
A BUSINESS set up by two young entrepreneurs has become one of the first to offer work experience under Plymouth's 1000 Club initiative.
Production company Stonewall Toda is taking on graduate Daniel Ham after answering the call to help young people get a taste of work life.
The Mutley-based company was formed by Sam O'Hara-Childs and Ben Challen and specialises in videos for events, web-promo and weddings and designs for logos, banners and posters.
They also produce their own films and perform live comedy.
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The pair have worked together as for eight years after meeting at Ridgeway School.
Both aged 24, they are graduates of Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art.
Mr Challen said: "We are a fledgling company but want to help other young people out of unemployment.
"We were looking for someone who wants to take a more creative role and has a huge amount of enthusiasm and ideas.
"As a work-experience post, we will not be able to pay initially, but as we grow, this will change.
"And whatever happens, the person we recruit will have had hands-on experience of working with a creative company and getting involved with film, design, performance and business administration.
"We want to give someone insight into how a business like ours works."
Mr Ham, aged 21, who lives in Stonehouse, graduated from UCP Marjon with a degree in media studies.
He was put in touch with Stonewall Toda by Jobcentre Plus and said: "It is an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the field I want to go into."
Council Leader Tudor Evans said: "Work experience is a great way to help young people get a feel for what working life is like.
"We're pleased to see a relatively young company has stepped up to help as part of the 1000 Club initiatives.
"We targeted the bigger companies in the first instance to ask them to be ambassadors to the scheme and are now seeing smaller companies answer the call."
The 1000 Club aims to make it easier for businesses to get advice and guidance on how to support young people into employment.
It includes providing work experience placements, graduate internships, apprenticeships and job opportunities.
Plymouth's Chamber of Commerce has signed up in addition to the Barbican Theatre, auditioning for new apprentices, and Westcountry Glass has signed two apprentices.
Plymouth City Council is taking on more apprentices and the charity Groundwork announced 13 new apprentices to help sort the recycling at Weston Mill.