Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

IT Giant's Continuing to Grow with over 600 Staff

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

IT Giant's Continuing to Grow with over 600 Staff

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IT giant Accenture has expanded into a second building at its Cobalt Park base in North Tyneside.

The technology and management consultancy firm has added 51,000 sq ft of space at Cobalt 9C in addition to the 20,000 sq ft it moved into in 2012.

It means the number of Accenture employees in the North East has now surpassed 600 - a trebling of its workforce in the five years since its Newcastle Delivery Centre launched.

IT Bob Paton, managing director of Accenture's Newcastle Delivery Centre, said: "We are expanding our presence in the region in response to client demand, driven in particular by interest in our digital capabilities.

grow "The fact that Accenture has trebled its headcount in the North East in just five years demonstrates our commitment to job creation in the region and the UK in general."

He added: "We're talking about more and better jobs in the region and this is all about those types of jobs.

"We take on three levels of people, and that includes those who are experienced, and those we call entry level. That might be graduates or apprenticeships. We've got great relationships with the universities in the North East LEP area and we've also got a brilliant apprenticeship programme.

"I believe we've actually got the best higher level IT apprenticeship scheme in the country - helped by input from Newcastle College, Northumbria University and more recently Sunderland University.

"In the three years of the apprenticeship programme our trainees come out with a foundation degree.

"We recruit for the programme on a very simple basis. All we ask is that candidates show a real interest in IT and have the right attitude towards learning."

Accenture's UK Technology Apprenticeship programme offers 20 roles in Newcastle for 2015.

Across the region the firm oversees 70 apprentices and the programme is heavily informed by Mr Paton's own background, having left school at 16 before joining the civil service and moving into computer programming. …

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