From left, Rising Stars graduates Jaedon Ross, Chelsea Dryden and Sam Thompson with Louise Ball of Baltic Training Services

UK first for North East as Apprentice Hub aims to narrow IT skills gap

Employer network Dynamo is teaming up with Baltic Training Services to benefit both young people and employers looking for qualified candidates

Lord Alan Sugar

North East FSB welcomes Lord Sugar's stance on late payments

Businessman and star of BBC programme, The Apprentice, says robust action is needed to make businesses 'wake up' and pay on time

Pamela Petty of Ebac and Lord Digby Jones

Lord Digby Jones joins Ebac for TV show

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Manufacturer Ebac falls under the microscope of Lord Digby Jones in the revival of popular primetime TV show Troubleshooter

Tristan Fiddes, Scott Clark and Ross Owens

Excelsior Academy scheme gives former pupils the chance to learn new career

A year-long apprenticeship scheme run by Excelsior Academy in Newcastle is giving former pupils the chance to learn a new career

The region's apprentices were honoured at an awards night

Apprentices are stars of TDR Annual Awards night

Rising young stars of North East industry took top billing at a leading awards ceremony honouring the region's apprentices

Seamus Sweeney, of Parklane Plowden chambers, who has been named Employment Barrister of the Year

Seamus Sweeney: Double honours for Newcastle lawyer who represented Lord Sugar

Seamus Sweeney, who represented Lord Sugar in his court battle with former Apprentice winner Stella English, has been named Employment Barrister of the Year

Neil Clough

Apprentice star Neil Clough set to speak at North East Expo event

TV's Apprentice star Neil Clough has been signed to speak at a free networking event in the region

Gael Bigirimana of Coventry City

Gael Bigirimana: Newcastle are my dream club

NEWCASTLE United new boy Gael Bigirimana admitted all his dreams had come true after yesterday completing a £1million move from Coventry City.

Hungry 'Generation Z' are an entrepreneurial breed

TODAY'S students are adapting their thinking and developing their skills to deal with the uncertain world they now face when they graduate.

Tie offers Bay redemption

WHEN he settles down in his local to watch the FA Cup Final with his mates, Paul Robinson wants desperately to be able to say: “I played there – three weeks ago.”

Joe’s a believer in Spurs’ philosophy

NEWCASTLE fans spent September cursing the “Cockney Mafia” but now their football has a definite north London imprint.

Teaser: Michelle Mone

Michelle’s cup runs over with bold plans

ONE of the country’s top entrepreneurs is in the region today to launch her new lingerie concession.

Entrepreneurs likely to be eldest in family

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THE eldest child in the family is more likely than younger siblings to start their own company.

Brickie Suzie cements award

A TEENAGE apprentice bricklayer from Teesside is proving construction work is no longer a male preserve.

Apprentice Jon shows that he’s a class act

TOP trainee Jon Nixon is celebrating after becoming the second winner of a prestigious Tees Valley award for industrial apprentices.

Kristina Grimes

I’m aiming higher and higher

KRISTINA Grimes was runner-up in TV’s The Apprentice. She visited Teesside recently to be guest speaker at the Middlesbrough Business Forum.

October 4: CRUTES law firm and RMT Financial Management seminar for women focusing on employment and private client issues, wealth management and guidance on how to manage the complexities of work and home life, Wynyard Rooms, Billingham. Details from Emma Hague on 01642 623400.

October 5: INSURANCE Institute of Middlesbrough annual dinner, Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough.

If you tell me I can’t achieve it I will prove you wrong!

I COULD probably attribute most of my success to my determination to succeed and never give up.

Tomorrow: CONFEDERATION of British Industry North-east annual dinner, Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park. Details from Liz Smith on 0191 255 4414.

September 27: HARTLEPOOL Business Forum networking safari, Hartlepool Maritime Experience, 5.15pm.

TODAY: CHARTERED Institute of Marketing seminar on blogging within a marketing strategy, Wynyard Rooms, Wynyard, Billingham. 6pm. Details from 0141 221 7700.

September 19: HM Revenue and Customs seminar on self-assessment for the self-employed, Southlands Centre, Middlesbrough, 9.30am-3.15pm.


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Newcastle United Editor
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