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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


SWDT chief executive Trevor Alley

South West Durham Training outstanding in all areas, say Ofsted

Training provider South West Durham Training provides "consistently high" outcomes for learners

Dr Bernard Trafford Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Jesmond

North East ready for top GCSE results despite overhaul in education system

Schools across the North East are today preparing for their best GCSE results to date

Royal Quays Centre, North Shields

Bike shop expands on Royal Quays and searches for apprentice

Land Rover bikes has rebranded as the Royal Quays Cycle Centre and relocated to a larger store within the centre

Pupils at St Cuthbert's High School in Newcastle

North East students are celebrating record results in their A levels

Pass rates rocketing as North East students enjoy A level success with many schools getting record results

Artist's impression of the new Consett Academy and Leisure Centre

Shepherd Engineering Services look to recruit after double contract wins

Engineering firm Shepherd Engineering Services is celebrating contracts wins worth a collective £13m

Round Table Solutions managing director John McCabe (right) with Michael Thompson from North East Training Solutions

Round Table Solutions win work with North East training provider

The Northumberland PR firm will work with North East Training Solutions (NETS) Ltd

Students from Whickham School celebrate their A Level results

More young people consider apprenticeships as teenagers across the North East pick up their A level results

Two in five young people are considering an apprenticeship rather than the traditional university route

Young recruits at Stiller Warehousing and Distribution, from left, Keiran Jones, Jessica Tweddle, Ryan Bailey, Jessica Walton and Lizzie Brophy, with managing director Paul Stiller

Apprentices offer boost to workforce at Stiller Warehousing and Distribution

Stiller Warehousing and Distribution, based on Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, has welcomed Keiran Jones to the team after a string of other apprenticeship success stories

Hays Travel MD John Hays with Bath Travel staff on Bournemouth beach

Hays Travel acquires bookings, client base and staff of North East agency

Hays Travel chairman has outlined future plans for the fast-growing Sunderland-based firm

Mark Hastings-Long (left) and Scott Dixon (right) from Britannia Monitoring Systems

Growing Teesside security specialists safeguard future generations

A Teesside firm is safeguarding the future for IVF babies and even endangered species

Game changer: Katie Harbron of Tombola

Tombola takes in new recruits after launching new game

New jobs have been created by online bingo giant Tombola on Wearside to support the launch of a new game

Hitachi photo of a mock-up of Hitachi Rail Europe's AT200 train

Hitachi Rail boss gets behind The Journal's Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign

Training the future generation of rail engineers is essential believes Hitachi Rail boss Darren Cumner

Sage apprentices Mitchell Forman, Ryan Foggett, Jenny Nicholson, Scott Gray, Kirsty Reed, Carl Lattimer and Robert Marks

Sage signs up six apprentices from the North East Chamber of Commerce

Sage, the world’s largest supplier of enterprise resource planning to small businesses, took on the young recruits to work in the customer service department

Left to right, Altec Engineering directors, Paul Lackenby, Nick Batey and David Steel

Altec Engineering invests £1.5m in expansion plans

Rapidly growing Altec Engineering are heading to the Durham Oktoberfest to draw in new clients

Joe Docherty has been appointed as CEO of NCG

NCG finalises Kidderminster College merger

The parent company of Newcastle College and Newcastle Sixth Form College now reports an annual turnover of £186m

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

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The horse show, at Glendale Show, near Wooler

Horse judged Champion of Champions at Glendale Show

Adderstone Group chairman unveils £17m student development plans

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Washington-based Oil Consultants giving unique insight into life on oil rigs


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