Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Era for Industry Training

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Era for Industry Training

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APPRENTICESHIP provision in the North East took an exciting step forward recently as Middlesbrough College acquired NECC Training.

The move brought together two of the region's leading training providers who share a commitment to meeting the needs of regional employers and improving the competitiveness of local businesses NECC Training currently works with significant employers such as Sage, Utilitywise and ITPS delivering training and support to 1,000 apprenticeships across the North East each year in a diverse range of sectors including, engineering, IT and accountancy to name a few.

The same number of apprenticeships is delivered by Middlesbrough College - across technical, professional and service industries. It's testament to NECC Training's approach that it already works with so many of the North East's leading businesses.

Closely attuned to employers' needs, NECC Training courses are developed to achieve three goals for businesses: reduced training costs, increased productivity and bottom line, and the building of a skilled workforce.

International software giant Sage enlisted NECC Training's help on a major recruitment drive to its Newcastle headquarters in 2015 and the team of 47 apprentices have made their mark across Sage's sales, marketing, accounting, customer service, contact centre and HR functions.

Theresa Bryson, loyalty and inbound team manager at Sage, has been working closely with the new recruits.

She said: "I've been blown away at every stage of this process by the professionalism, diligence and maturity shown by these young people.

"They have been a breath of fresh air. They're eager to learn and their confidence is building every day considering for some this is their first experience of a professional environment."

Emily Sharp, 16, praised her experience with NECC Training. …

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