A Hospitality apprenticeship company has opened a new office in County Durham to train hundreds of young people and create jobs.
HIT Training has set up a new regional operation covering the North East from an office in Newton Aycliffe, where managers plan to spearhead the development and recruiting staff.
Area manager Simon Liversedge has so far employed three trainer assessors and an administrative assistant and the workforce will be boosted to eight by August.
HIT was already operating in the region and currently has 45 people studying towards an apprenticeship or NVQ and Liversedge aims to have 225 on board.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for us and HIT Training,” he said.
“There is great potential in the North East. We already knew that because we have several companies and businesses who train their employees with us.
“Now we have a new base and are recruiting staff, we can build on that and the number of young people benefitting from our training and opportunities will snowball.”
Simon explained that people were realising that apprenticeships, NVQs and other training courses were the solution and a natural alternative to amassing huge debts through college and university fees.
“More and more young people are recognising that learning while you earn is the smart way to get a foot on the employment ladder and create your own career opportunities,” he said.
Liversedge and his team are already forging partnerships with other companies and looking out for new developments that will be mutually beneficial.
Simon said: “The north east is a vast area and there are several new projects on the horizon such as retail and leisure developments, including a multi-screen cinemas, in Darlington and West Auckland.
“They will create hundreds of jobs and we’re hoping to work with the various companies to train their staff up to exceptional standards.”