Business software giant Sage to take on 60 apprentices in a wide array of departments

IT leader says apprenticeships are 'force for good' in business, while helping give back to the community

© Sage UK Lee Perkins, managing director of Sage UKI
Lee Perkins, managing director of Sage UKI

Software giant Sage Group is to treble the number of the young people it recruits to its apprenticeship scheme.

The Newcastle-based company, which employs 14,000 people in 24 countries, has launched a search for more than 60 apprentices to join the business in September.

Divided among Sage’s Newcastle and Manchester sites, the new roles will be spread across business services, finance, sales, customer services, administration, learning and development, engineering, HR commercial and marketing.

Sage, which has already set out its stall as an integral part of the Northern Powerhouse vision in the region, says its hopes the move will help bolster the North’s growing reputation as a premier hub for technology and enterprise.

Lee Perkins, EVP and managing director of Sage UK, said: “Sage’s number one priority is to energise the success of businesses and the communities that they serve. Our apprenticeship programme is a vital part of that vision.

“Apprentices don’t just represent a force for good within our own business, but also let us give back to the community.

“By equipping young people from the local area with skills, development and mentoring at the beginning of their careers and providing a platform to build their future, the scheme plays an important role in nurturing local talent and ultimately supporting the future of British business.”

The announcement follows hot on the heels of the launch the Sage Foundation, which promotes employee volunteering and support for charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.

The company has also recently announced new sponsorship for Sage Gateshead and Campus North, as well as the launch of a new Volunteer Day.

To facilitate its recruitment drive, it is working with the likes of the North East Chamber of Commerce, Baltic Training and Gateshead College.

Leisa Docherty, chief people officer at Sage UK, said: “I’m a firm believer that training and nurturing young people will only lead to great things for them as individuals, for our customers and for Sage as a business.

“We’ve seen great success in our apprenticeship programme since it launched in 2012, and we’re now hoping to replicate that success on an even larger scale.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to be inspired, developed and mentored in a FTSE 100, global company.

“Places are being snapped up fast and we’re encouraging people to come and hear about the long-term career prospects our programme promises.”

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