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Companies supporting The Journal's apprenticeship campaign

Companies supporting The Journal's apprenticeship campaign
A number of North East companies are supporting The Journal's Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign

Proud to Back Apprenticeships: Interest is growing, say apprenticeship bodies

As The Journal’s year-long Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign passes its halfway point, training providers in the region are reporting growing interest from both young people and employers


Bank of England deputy agent in the North East, Andrew Hebden, speaks at the SWDT conference

Major North East employers take apprenticeship pledge

Training provider SWDT has promised to support manufacturing and engineering businesses keen to take on and train young recruits

Dianne Sharp, the regional director for the CBI

North East firms call for Government reforms to help create more apprenticeships

The demands coincide with the Journal's 'Proud to Back Apprenticeships' campaign

Apprenticeships - Filling the skills gap

Business Supplement: Apprenticeships - Filling the skills gap

The North East has a bigger skills gap than most other regions: a previous reliance on now diminished heavy industries and a high proportion of long-term unemployed are just some of the reasons given by experts

Leslie and Harry Hume

Son follows father into a construction career with Bellway

Rising optimism in the construction sector is leading younger relatives to follow their fathers into the industry, as Harry Hume demonstrates

Siemens Lead Craftsman Brian Shotton, at the Hebburn Plant, talks to Baroness Kramer during her visit.

Siemens' jobs boost is the start of a 'rail renaissance', manufacturers claim

A 'rail renaissance' is underway in the North East as parts for the new London Thameslink trains go into production today

Excelsior teacher Joseph Temple, pupils Nauman Ahmad and Hasan Ahmed, and Rolls-Royce Training Centre team leader Steven Bolton

School partners with Rolls-Royce for top apprenticeship scheme

Excelsior Academy teenagers are set to forge engineering careers through scheme at Rolls-Royce's North East Training Centre

Junior youth worker John Rudd in the Cafe at Space 2

How Space 2 is giving hope to Newcastle's youngsters

We explore the NE1 and YMCA backed youth club doing amazing things with 13 to 18 year olds in the city

Youth Training Academy apprentices with managing director Rob Earnshaw

Gateshead Youth Training Academy praised by awarding body

Gateshead-based initiative, the Youth Training Academy, has created over 160 jobs and apprenticeships within two years

Current Astley apprentices, from left, James Robinson, Ian Dickson, Tom Milne and Jack Carr

Gateshead signage firm Astley in search of young talent

Gateshead manufacturer is opening up new apprenticeship opportunities as it prepares for Great North Run project

Port of Tyne

Port of Tyne recruits new batch of apprentices

One of the UK's fastest growing major ports is helping young people into the job market with five new apprenticeship opportunities

Thomas Manners, who founded T. Manners & Sons

North East's oldest building contractor, T. Manners & Sons Ltd, bounces back from recession

Bishop Auckland firm is hopeful following a series of major contract wins

Lynne Alderson, Anthony O'Donnell, Lauren Johnsen, Mal Briggs and Wayne Boulton

Middlesbrough College partnership helps young people into retail

A new Retail Skills Shop in Teesside is set the pave the way for careers at Aldi and other major employers

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Could Ed Miliband's technical degrees help narrow the North East's skills gap?

Labour leader proposes 'gold standard' earn-while-you-learn courses for young people

Nortech Group managing director Bryan Bunn, left, with engineer Alan Simmons

Nortech apprentice wins NETA award

Project control apprentice Alan Simmons has been praised for his dedication by training provider NETA

Youth unemployment in the North East is to be tackled

Employment boost for young people in the North East

Unemployed young people aged from 16-24 in the North East are being offered help into work with a recruitment agency focused solely on them.

Zine managing director Alan Bradley on the benefits of having apprentices on the books

Bradley, who runs one of the UK's fastest growing digital media agencies, discusses his firm's approach to skills training

Transport, business, innovation and schools programm

Business, transport and schools to gain from massive investment in the North East

Transport, business, innovation - and that schools challenge we desperately need - all boosted as Government unveils £300m programme of investment for North East

Jane Thompson, left, and Anne Isherwood of Sunderland College

Sunderland College seeks to fill 100 apprenticeship vacancies

Sunderland College's largest ever apprenticeship drive will cover a range of different business sectors

From left to right, Bill Marley of the Employability Trust in Peterlee, Martin Thornton of Contract Bottling Ltd and Michael Tomlinson

Contract wins for North East trust helping NEETs into work

The Employability Trust of Peterlee has won three new contracts which will futher its work of helping disengaged young people

The new Tata Steel apprentices with TTE and Tata staff

Tata Steel sponsors Advanced Level Apprentices on Teesside

TTE students will spend a year at specialist technical training centre before gaining on-the-job experience

Videos & Photos

Twilight at a rig in the Cooper Basin, Australia. Sent in by Robert Elliott

Oil rig selfies: Behind the scenes of oil rig worker life

Feature on Greggs who make pasties, sausage rolls and sandwiches

We're on a roll: How North East bakery giant Greggs lifted sales and profits

The Hop and Cleaver, on Newcastle Quayside.

Offshore 44 becomes Hop & Cleaver on the Quayside


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