Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

BalticTraining Services - Delivering Excellent IT Apprentices to Employers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

BalticTraining Services - Delivering Excellent IT Apprentices to Employers

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BALTIC Training Services is a training company that understands the value of working in partnership through local and national networks to help resolve skills shortages that exist in the North East and throughout the UK.

In the past five years it has created over 2,000 apprenticeships, this year launching pre-apprentice training programme, the Dynamo North East IT Apprentice Hub - a UK first. It has also forged a close alliance with New Horizons Computer Learning Centre, the world's largest online training provider, to deliver world-class vender accredited online IT training across franchises in the North East, North West, Scotland and most recently London.

Louise Ball, operations director for Baltic Training Services, said: "The North East has a vibrant growing IT sector and what IT employers need is appropriately qualified young people able to hit the ground running when they secure entry to paid apprenticeship Level 3 roles in order to sustain the growth."

Baltic focuses on finding a home for talent, whether it's helping employers identify appropriately qualified young people and vice versa, or assisting other people to retrain or redirect their careers following a period of unemployment, redundancy or through choice.

Not only has Baltic established an innovative approach to the IT skills shortages by developing the IT hub, it also delivers world-class online IT training through its apprenticeships, including Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA accredited professional qualifications.

At present, 70% of the business is focused on IT apprenticeships in partnership with the likes of IT employer network Dynamo North East, Newcastle City Council, and a host of private employers, large and small, across the UK, including CapGemini, Computacentre, Ricoh, Sage, NCFE, Compusolve and many others.

Callum Flett, 18, from Newcastle, now finds himself in the enviable position of working as an IT apprentice at Sage plc - the region's only FTSE 100 company. …

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