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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


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


County Durham training provider aims to tackle skills shortage

South West Durham Training will be asking firms to show their commitment to apprenticeships by signing a pledge

Altec apprentice Steve Bland measures components on one of the company’s CMM systems

Engineer hits out at outdated attitude among schools

A North East engineer has hit out at the attitude which sees vocational study as a second best route to a career after a degree.\n

Commercial property PR pic, Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council with Pauline Butler and Jimmy Lamb of Nsert

Growing engineering supplier Nsert relocates to larger premises

Nsert UK is ready to grow further after expanding into new Sunderland premises

From left, Ian Carr of Castle Eden Lift Trucks with Steve Metcalfe and Valda Goodfellow from the Peterlee Business Park Group

Peterlee Business Park Group group helps SMEs access support

Peterlee Business Park Group brought together experts to help more than 100 firms from across the North East with their expansion plans

Nifco UK boss announced as Oktoberfest keynote speaker

Mike Matthews, MD of Nifco UK, will talk about the firm's highs and lows at this year's Durham Oktoberfest

Videos & Photos

Stills taken from Newcastle In Motion by Jack Fisher

How Newcastle University graduate is making a business from hyperlapse film technology

HMS Illustrious sails into her home port of Portsmouth for the final time - Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Swan Hunter built HMS Illustrious sails home for the final time

Artists impression of the Hitachi Newton Aycliffe facility

Watch how Newcastle firm use drone technology to showcase Hitachi construction


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