North East IT firms develop plans for tech hub

North East IT companies have vowed to increase their involvement in schools as part of their determination to create a regional tech skills hub

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North East IT companies have vowed to increase their involvement in schools as part of their determination to create a regional tech skills hub.

Managers from a cross section of tech firms involved in gaming, managed services, telephony and software development, are determined to secure the continued growth of IT businesses in the region by forming the hub, as part of the Industrial Partnership for the Information Economy in the North East.

The employers are keen on developing apprenticeships, working together to attract able candidates, and they now plan to increase their involvement in schools outreach.

The hub would see as many as 100 apprentices benefit from this plan and a group of them will be co-located in the Software Centre in Sunderland, where they will be able to develop a supportive community.

David Dunn of Sunderland Software City said: “Technology employers in the North East see significant growth potential in the area and are committed to providing opportunities to people who want to live and work here.”

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