Gateshead teenager's apprenticeship with IT firm turns into job

Reece Storey has earned his stripes during an apprenticeship at IT solutions firm Zebra Internet Services to be taken on as a full-time employee

Reece Storey, 18, of Gateshead
Reece Storey, 18, of Gateshead

Reece Storey has earned his stripes during an apprenticeship at IT solutions firm Zebra Internet Services to be taken on as a full-time employee.

The 18-year-old, of Gateshead, has successfully completed his year-long apprenticeship as business administrator at the Newcastle-based firm, securing his place in supporting the company, which creates and develops solutions for thousands of businesses across the UK and further afield. Since finding the opportunity through ITEC North East Ltd, Reece has completed his NVQ level 2 in business administration and is now on his way to accomplishing level 3, with a long-term goal to work in HR at the firm.

Reece was guided through his apprenticeship with one-to-one mentoring support by company managing director Annabel Cornish, who also acts as a business mentor to other SMEs in the region. Storey said: “As any 18-year-old knows, it is extremely tough to secure a full-time job in today’s economic climate and I feel incredibly lucky.

“Not only have I now secured a permanent position, but I have been able to gain qualifications simultaneously. I have massive respect for Annabel, I have learnt so much from her and despite her seniority she has so much time for me and I really look up to her as my role model.”

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