The UK’s leading supplier of business software and support has signed up half-a-dozen North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) apprentices.
Sage, the world’s largest supplier of enterprise resource planning to small businesses, took on the young recruits to work in the customer service department
Six apprentices, Mitchell Forman, Ryan Foggett, Scott Gray, Carl Lattimer, Robert Marks and George O’Brien have already started their new roles.
Sage UK’s apprentices team manager Jenny Nicholson explained how the company is committed to apprenticeships and sees them as exciting additions to their corporate team, who can be trained to fill specific roles within the organisation.
She said: “Sage is supporting the younger generation within the North East by offering an amazing chance and opportunity to become part of our business.
“We believe training and nurturing these young people will only lead to great things for them as individuals, our customers and Sage as a business.”
Each recruit is working towards completing an EDI Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Customer Service, as part of a 12-month course.
Day-to-day tasks include providing support for Sage customers and other business areas within customer service, such as telephone inquiries.
Jenny added: “As well as this, we encourage all our apprentices to get out and about within the wider business, learn about our many other business functions and gain a good level of understanding of how it all fits together.”
Speaking at the induction, Mitchell said: “Sage feels like a company I can progress through and work towards building a real future.”
Scott said: “This is not just a job, the whole company feels like one large and happy community. I am so excited to take my first step on the career ladder with Sage.”
NECC training adviser Kirsty Reed will assess the recruits throughout their apprenticeships.
She said: “To secure apprenticeships at a blue-chip company like Sage is an incredible start for these motivated young people and I am certain they will grab this opportunity with both hands.
“Sage is just one of a host of large North East companies that is really feeling the benefits that apprentices can bring to a business and I would urge all firms to follow their example and investigate the potential of recruiting apprentices.”
As their assessor, Kirsty will visit the apprentices every six weeks, where she plans learning and development and sets tasks such as revision and research, and provides support and training on their NVQ and Functional Skills.
Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining real qualifications.
To find out more about NECC apprenticeship opportunities, contact the NECC on 0800 195 7373 or visit www.necctraining.co.uk