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Home Group uses the Apprenticeship levy to unlock talent

Home Group, one of the UK’s largest and most established housing associations, has used its apprenticeship levy to develop a management level accountancy programme in partnership with training company Access Training. Home Group is a national charity focused on giving people most in need of support a better quality of life, when they are confronted […]

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Transportation consultancy boss benefits from management apprenticeship with the help of Access Training

A former apprentice who is now Operations Director at Chartwise, a Team Valley based transport consultancy, has returned to his original vocational training provider Access Training to take a management development programme – an apprenticeship in Leadership and Management Level 5.   Chris Allen has had a successful career in the transport sector after being […]

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National Learner Survey 2019

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We would like you to take part in a national learner survey being carried out by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). This survey captures the views of learners at colleges and training providers. Scores will be published nationally so that potential learners and employers can compare training providers based on learners’ experiences. We would […]

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New apprenticeship benefits North East youth charity

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A Newcastle charity has become one of the first in the North East to benefit from a new apprenticeship designed by employers, to better meet the administration needs of a modern-day business. Access Training has recruited Olivia Pringle, 20, for youth development charity, NE Youth. Olivia is one of the first apprentices to enrol on […]

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Apprenticeships help North East accountancy company grow

A North East accountancy firm has taken on its eighth apprentice in response to an upsurge in work following the launch of a new cloud accounting service and preparations for the forthcoming HMRC changes – ‘Making Tax Digital’. UHY Torgersens has been working with Gateshead-based Access Training to recruit and train two new apprentices – […]

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Gateshead training provider among best in UK and number one in North East

Access Training has been revealed as number one in the North East region – and in the top 6 percent nationally – for quality training, according to the learners they work with. A national, independent survey of learners attending all further education (FE) providers in the country has given Access Training a 97.4 percent satisfaction […]

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Access Training continues to be Good

It’s official! Following a recent Ofsted inspection, Access Training have been confirmed as a ‘Good’ provider….again! A team of 4 inspectors carried out the inspection in April, observing training sessions, considering learner achievements and progress, reviewing key documents and meeting with leaners, employers, managers and staff. Inspectors felt that ‘Senior leaders, managers and staff have […]

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First and only security training centre in North East launches

North East security firms and their apprentices are set to receive a boost as a much-needed security training facility opens its doors in Gateshead. The workshop, based at Access Training on the Team Valley, is the first of its kind in the North East and was designed and kitted-out in partnership with a number of regional […]

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National Learner Survey

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We would like you to take part in a national learner survey being carried out by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). This survey captures the views of learners at colleges and training providers. Scores will be published nationally so that potential learners and employers can compare training providers based on learners’ experiences. We would […]

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Mum knows best as Gateshead teen earns Access to new career opportunity

An ambitious young woman from Gateshead is following in her family’s footsteps after securing an apprenticeship with Access Training – a career path her mum embarked upon with the very same provider three decades ago. Olivia Davies, aged 16 from Birtley, was screened by Access Training for a position among its clients who were looking […]

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Apprenticeship equals dream job for Katie

With its workforce and service offering doubling in the past year, one Gateshead charity is investing in apprenticeships to help cope with increased demand, by following the success and training set by its star employee. Katie Wilkinson has worked with Age UK Gateshead since opting out of her A Levels at 17. Three years and […]

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Gateshead manufacturer uses apprenticeships to achieve turbo-charged growth

A manufacturing company in Gateshead is using apprenticeships to upskill seven of its workforce into team leader and managerial roles, as it continues to grow international operations in several sectors including transport, energy, industrial and defence. Turbo Power Systems has a team of over 110 people and designs innovative high-speed machines and power electronic solutions […]

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The Levy is Finally here!

If you would like further information on the levy and the changes please click here Not only has the government introduced the levy but they have also introduced the new standards replacing many original Apprenticeship frameworks and covering a wider range of job roles – it’s the biggest shake-up of Apprenticeships in decades. Traditionally many […]

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Gateshead woman gains skills and confidence to get back into work

An unemployed Gateshead woman who left school with no qualifications due to being badly burned as a child – has got her life back on track thanks to specialist training. Karen Noble, 56, was out of work for six months after suffering from depression following a family tragedy. But she was determined not to rely […]

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Biggest shake-up of apprenticeships in decades is nigh

North East businesses are being urged to get advice on how the biggest shake-up of apprenticeships in decades will affect them. In April the government is bringing in major changes, including a levy paid by larger employers, new apprenticeships covering more job roles and different rules on funding. A levy of 0.5% of the payroll […]

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National Learner Survey

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We would like you to take part in a national learner survey being carried out by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). This survey captures the views of learners at colleges and training providers. Scores will be published nationally so that potential learners and employers can compare training providers based on learners’ experiences. We would greatly […]

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E-commerce surge brings boost for Durham firm

A Durham workwear clothing company is expanding due to rapid growth which has seen them ranked 16th in the top ‘Fastest 50’ growing companies in the North East by Ward Hadaway. This is the third year in succession Workwear Express has made the list and they say their growth is mainly down to heavy investment […]

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Blu Sky’s business success wins Northern final of national awards

North Tyneside accountancy firm, Blu Sky Tax, has beaten hundreds of companies to be crowned the North East’s ‘Small Employer of the Year’ at the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards. Blu Sky impressed the judging panel by doubling its team and its profits thanks to the launch of its apprenticeship scheme which has […]

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Gateshead security firm sees optic growth

A Gateshead security company has expanded thanks to several new contract wins and investment in its fibre optic service, which has led to increased demand and the need for two new apprentices. CJ Electratech which specialises in CCTV, fibre optic termination and access control systems, is seeing a multi-thousand-pound investment in specialist fibre optic equipment […]

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Major new contract win and 3.5m investment for expanding company Mecaplast

A Peterlee company has invested over 3.5m in new equipment and staff development following a major new contract win from Jaguar Landrover. Automotive parts manufacturer Mecaplast has purchased four new injection moulding machines, ranging from 800 to 2,300 tonnes, and formed a partnership with Access Training to upskill and develop its growing management team.   […]

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£200m contract wins create apprenticeship opportunities

A Tyneside firm has expanded its accounting apprenticeship programme with Gateshead based Access Training to support £200m recent contract wins. Wood Group Industrial Services Limited (WGIS), part of the international energy services company, John Wood Group Plc, recently secured a number of new long term contracts potentially worth in excess of £200m over the next […]

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Businesses are happy with skills training

A major national survey of employers has revealed that satisfaction with skills training is at a record high – with independent providers doing particularly well. Over 54,000 employers took part in the FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey and gave their views on the training their employees received from colleges and learning providers. The results show: […]

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Westray expands after new contract win

Gateshead-based Westray Recruitment Consultants has expanded after winning a major new contract with global outdoor sporting specialists, Scott Sports. Westray is helping Scott Sports SA’s UK branch to source additional staff to support its 25-strong team based in Cramlington. The firm is strengthening their marketing, customer service, finance and aftersales departments due to the recent […]

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1.2m contract win for company with vision

A North Tyneside company is celebrating a 1.2m contract win following a move to bolster its management team to secure more public sector contracts. North Shields-based 2020 Vision Systems Ltd has been selected to provide a fully-integrated security system for The University of Birmingham, after winning a competitive European tender. The firm believes securing the […]

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Third-time-lucky Lauren wants to inspire others

A County Durham woman has won a place at university and found a promising career after dropping out of college twice and feeling hopeless about her prospects. Lauren Wylie, 20, from Ouston near Birtley, turned her back on two different college courses after leaving school, before deciding to try an apprenticeship. She went to Access […]

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Turnover boost at expanding firm Blu Sky

A North Tyneside accountancy firm has doubled its team and seen turnover rise sharply, following the launch of an apprenticeship scheme which it describes as a one of its “major contributors to growth”. Blu Sky Chartered Accountants, based in North Shields, was set-up in 2008 by chartered accountant Jon Dudgeon and tax advisor Dave Gibson […]

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Leaving School or college? Not sure which route to take? Come along and find out more about Access Apprenticeships.

This is your invitation to our Apprenticeship Open Day – we have over 40 vacancies available in the following occupational areas: Accounting, Business Administration, Customer Service, Social Media, IT User, Hairdressing & Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Warehousing, Manufacturing and Installing Security Systems  Find out more about Apprenticeships -real work, real wages, and hands on experience that […]

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New name and new direction for Pelican Rouge

The South Tyneside depot of Europe’s largest refreshment supplier is investing in staff upskilling to support major changes to the business, which has changed its name and its direction. Pelican Rouge – formerly Autobar UK – employs 62 people at its base in Boldon and 1,600 people UK-wide. The firm is pursuing growth through what […]

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Consistency is key to success at Access Training

“The strategic focus on continuous improvement is borne out by the consistently high and rising qualification and progression outcomes for learners and the number of local employers who repeatedly use Access as their preferred training organisation” Access Training are celebrating after gaining ‘good’ grades at a national (Ofsted) inspection for the 4th time in a […]

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Leaving School or college? Not sure which route to take? Come along and find out more about Access Apprenticeships.

This is your invitation to our Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Taster day – see Hairdressing and beauty treatments being carried out, and apprentices demonstrating their skills, even have a go yourself! Receive a free hairdressing or beauty gift and a treatment discount voucher. Find out more about Apprenticeships -real work, real wages, and hands on […]

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Access Training expands with acquisition

Ambitious Tyneside training provider, Access Training, has expanded its services by buying the Newcastle franchise of the UK’s best known further education brand, Pitman Training. Access has acquired the business from north east support organisation Entrust for an undisclosed sum. The move comes less than two years since Access bought out another further education provider, […]

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Recruitment Given A Health Check By Region’s GPs

GP surgeries across the North East are turning to apprenticeship programmes to help fill the skills gap which exists for quality administrative staff. Gateshead Community Based Care (GCBC) is working with GP Practices in Gateshead to recruit apprentices on their behalf. Alyson Wilson, Operations Manager at GCBC, said: “There’s a lot of talk about skills […]

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National Learner Survey

Having recently carried out our own learner survey we are now asking learners to take part in a national learner survey being carried out by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). This survey captures the views of learners at colleges and training providers. Scores will be published nationally so that potential learners and employers can compare […]

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Region’s Skills Shortage Leads Growing Cramlington Business Down New Recruitment Path

A specialist electrical communications and security firm has embarked on a new approach to recruitment as businesses across the North East continue to feel the effects of the region’s skills shortage. Established in 2009, Cramlington-based MRM Solutions specialises in the installation of CCTV, aerials and satellites, alarms and fire detection equipment. Last year, the company […]

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It’s Easi to back Apprenticeships

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Gateshead based Easibathe and Easiaccess is seeing the benefits of using apprenticeships to boost its workforce 3 times over in less than 12 months. The North East based bathing and ramping specialist recruited its first apprentice, 20-year-old Elliot McClurry, in June 2013, through Access Training and have been very impressed with the potential he has […]

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Benfield Apprentice Shifts Up A Gear Into New Management Role

A local apprentice who started as a business administration assistant more than a decade ago at Newcastle-based car dealership Benfield Motor Group has now progressed to customer engagement manager, thanks to help from Access Training. Access Training placed 28-year-old Toni Nelson at Benfield Motor Group in 2003 to gain hands on workplace experience and complete […]

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Durham Physiotherapy Business Backs Apprenticeships

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Coxhoe-based Platinum Physiotherapy and Personal Training (Platinum PPT) is seeing the benefits of using apprenticeships to boost its workforce. The Durham-based fitness and physiotherapy practice recruited its first ever apprentice, 20-year-old Jack Duffy, in July 2013, through award-winning Access Training and have been impressed with the potential he has showed during his year-long apprenticeship. Mr Duffy […]

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Esteemed Award Win For Local Accountancy Firm

An established Bishop Auckland accountancy practice is celebrating after winning a prestigious regional award for its ongoing commitment to the training of apprentices. Mitchells Grievson entered into the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 earlier this year having been nominated by its training provider, Team Valley-based Access Training.  It was successful in winning Small Employer of the […]

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Gateshead Mum of Four Lands First Job in 15 Years With National Retailer

Joanne McTeer has put her fears of returning to work behind her to secure her first job in 15 years following completion of a course designed to help the unemployed back into work. Joanne, 34, had been unemployed for 15 years after taking a break from full-time working to raise her four children. With the […]

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Focus on Apprenticeships all Adds up for Accountancy Firm

An established Bishop Auckland accountancy practice has had its ongoing commitment to the training of apprentices recognised, having been shortlisted as a regional finalist for a coveted industry award. Mitchells Grievson entered into the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 earlier this year having been nominated by its training provider, Team Valley-based Access Training. Following a thorough […]

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Learner Loan is a real beauty for Stacey

Student Stacey Dunn is fulfilling her dreams of a career in the beauty industry thanks to a change in funding by the government which has enabled her to fund her studies and return to education. The change in funding support was introduced last year, and gives Level 3 and 4 students in further education and […]

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National Employer Survey

Each year the Skills Funding Agency asks employers to evaluate the quality of government –funded training provided by training providers and colleges. The survey results are collated to produce an Employer Satisfaction Performance Indicator for each provider which are published on the FE Choices website to enable employers to make comparisons between providers. We would […]

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Access Training – Listening to our learners

‘We can only improve if we know what our learners and employers think of us’. That’s the firm view of Malcolm Armstrong, MD at Access Training. So here at Access we do as much as possible to gather and analyse the views of our customers, through taking part in national surveys or using our own […]

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Apprentice helps Gateshead enterprise networks embrace the digital era

An apprenticeship in Social Media and Digital Marketing has allowed a Gateshead employee to develop skills that have helped two Gateshead enterprise networks to grow their online presence. Natasha Curry, 24 from Sunderland, was employed as Network Co-ordinator working for Digital Union and Gateshead Business, but her manager believed that with additional training and support, […]

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Apprenticeship Week 2014 is fast approaching

Apprenticeship Week – now it its seventh year will take place from Monday 3 March to Friday 7 March 2014. The aim of the week which is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is to highlight the talents and skills of apprentices and celebrate the value of Apprenticeships. It will see apprentices, employers, providers […]

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National Learner Survey

Having recently carried out our own learner survey we are now asking learners to take part in a national learner survey being carried out by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). This survey captures the views of learners at colleges and training providers. Scores will be published nationally so that potential learners and employers can compare training providers […]

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Pharmaceutical firm adopts Apprenticeship scheme as part of training and competence strategy

Twenty manufacturing employees at North East-based pharmaceutical firm, Shasun Pharma Solutions Ltd, have completed an apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance. For the past 12 months, the employees have been working with training provider Access Training towards a full apprenticeship, which includes an NVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations, a technical certificate in Industrial Environment Awareness and […]

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Gateshead student fast-tracks his way to employment

A 16-year-old Gateshead student who wanted to continue his education and benefit from an income at the same time has secured a new apprenticeship, just weeks after attending an event held to promote apprenticeships in the region and help people into work. In August, Rhys Walker attended ‘Which Way Now’, an event organised by the […]

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Gateshead apprentice in running for national award

A Gateshead woman who was crowned North East Higher Apprentice of the Year has submitted her entry to the national final of the prestigious awards. Michele Watson won the regional final following nomination by her training provider, Team Valley-based Access Training. She was nominated by Access not only for her achievements, having been promoted from […]

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£1m US contracts win prompts Washington firm to appoint third generation of apprentice

A Washington manufacturing company has won USA contracts worth over £1m and is bolstering its finance department to support buoyant sales abroad. TRM Group, which makes mineral insulated trace heating and temperature measurement products, has won projects in the United States supplying their products to the latest generation of solar thermal power stations. This new, […]

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Ryan gets help to secure his apprenticeship

A young Gateshead man who was on the verge of giving up on his goal of finding an apprenticeship after two years and many failed job applications, has finally won a job. Ryan Smith, 20, from Dunston, is elated after being taken on as an apprentice office administrator by Stannah Lift Services in Gateshead. Ryan […]

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Plea for support from NE businesses as Traineeships launch in region

The government’s much talked about flagship Traineeships programme is set to launch in the region. It is estimated that a quarter of sixth formers return to school only because they can’t secure an apprenticeship or a fulltime job. A lack of work experience is one of the main reasons young people can’t find employment and […]

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Training helps unemployed Beverley finally win job after 3 years

A 39-year-old County Durham woman who feared she may never work again after being unemployed for over three years, has finally won a job. Single parent Beverley Renwick, from Pelaw in County Durham, had lost all her confidence after taking time-out to bring up her two children and she regretted not pursuing a career earlier […]

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Custodian expands after securing apprentice with government cash

A North Shields firm has expanded with the recruitment of an apprentice, thanks to support from a government grant. Custodian Total Security Services which specialises in intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems, has appointed Kallum Whitelaw,17, from North Shields with help from £1,500 of funding. The firm was struggling to recruit technicians and had […]

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Sadler Joyce expands with apprentices

A North Tyneside accountancy firm is finding that apprenticeships add-up for them as they recruit two new trainees, with support from a government grant. Sadler Joyce, based in Whitley Bay, took advantage of £1,500 of funding to take on accounting apprentice, Emma Savage. And they were so pleased with the impact Emma had on the […]

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Access Training expands workforce

Gateshead company Access Training is expanding, with the recruitment of two new staff. The Team Valley based firm has appointed Nicola McKegney as employer and training adviser and Alex Meredith as training adviser to drive forward its unemployed provision. Alex, from Chester-le-Street, is a former secondary school teacher and is training unemployed adults in IT […]

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Access Training are up for the Challenge

Access Training are proud to support the 2013 Apprenticeship Challenge (started on 22 April), organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and promoted through Capital Radio. The Challenge is to encourage as many employers as possible to recruit as many apprentices as possible over the 100 day period. To find out more about the challenge […]

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WIN a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2!

WIN a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2! To celebrate the launch of our Apprenticeship in Social Media & Digital Marketing, we’re giving away a fantastic Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Click here to enter our Twitter competition – to validate your entry you must then share the tweet. For more information about the Advanced Apprenticeship in Social […]

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North East businesses get help to go social

Companies keen to know how tweets, fans and followers can boost their bottom line are to get a helping hand as a new Social Media Apprenticeship is launched. Access Training has introduced the course in response to an increasing number of SMEs that recognise the value of using social media as a marketing tool but […]

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Access Acquires Durham Training Firm

Access Training has expanded into County Durham with the buyout of a Durham training provider. Gateshead based Access Training has announced the acquisition of Durham Training which has a training centre in Chester-le-Street. Established in 1989 from the management buyout of English Estates YTS, Access Training has grown to be one of the leading apprenticeship […]

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EGGER invests in apprenticeships

Northumberland’s largest manufacturing company is investing in its future workforce by developing a brand new apprentice facility and training 11 new apprentices. EGGER, which employs over 550 people at its Hexham plant where it manufactures chipboard products, will open a dedicated engineering apprentice training facility later in the year. The training suite will enable EGGER […]

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Ross is living apprenticeship dream at last

A Newcastle teenager who longed for an apprenticeship has finally won one thanks to a new course and expert support. Ross Cannell, 19, from Gosforth, has been taken on as an apprentice by Amici’s Restaurants in Forest Hall. He applied for a bundle of apprenticeships after leaving sixth form, where he completed BTEC qualifications. He […]

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Apprenticeship Week at the Gateshead Skills Academy 2013

Apprenticeship Week will take place from Monday 11 March to Friday 15 March 2013. The aim of the week which is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is to highlight the talents and skills of apprentices and celebrate the value of Apprenticeships. It will see apprentices, employers, providers and all those involved with Apprenticeship […]

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Gateshead Amy engineers job success

A twenty-one year old apprentice who swapped a history degree for a job at a Gateshead engineering giant has progressed to an accountancy job within the firm. Amy Halpin from Heworth, who is one of Express Engineering’s 23 current apprentices, has completed her first year at the firm and won a promotion to trainee accounts […]

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Employers give a big thumbs up to Access

The results of two recent employer surveys have been released and show that Access is providing a well-respected, first-class service to businesses throughout the region. Every year Access asks all the employers and learners it works with to take part in a Satisfaction Survey. The survey aims to ensure its services are meeting the needs […]

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Five ways an Apprentice can benefit your business

By Malcolm Armstrong, Managing Director at Access and Chairman of Northumbria Learning Providers. Not a week goes by lately when you don’t see apprenticeships, and their form and value, being discussed and debated in the media. The latest in a long line of inquiries into apprenticeships has just been released by the Business, Innovation and […]

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Former apprentice returns to learn 20 years on

Two north east training providers have launched the region’s first higher apprenticeship in Leadership and Management and have seen several former apprentices return to the classroom as a result. Access Training and Milltech Training have responded to the government’s push for more Higher Apprenticeships by launching the course, which leads to a Chartered Management Institute […]

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£5m contracts win and £3m European project for Peacocks

Peacocks Medical Group is investing heavily in new training thanks to recent success in retaining two major contracts, worth £5m, and launching a new European project. The Newcastle company has retained its contracts with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and Airedale and Skipton Hospitals Trust to supply orthopaedic appliances, following competitive tenders. It has […]

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DUCO expansion creates opportunities

Two north east young men have won apprenticeships at expanding manufacturing company, DUCO, with help from Access Training. Christopher Wade, 19, from South Shields and Michael Glasspool, 21, from Howdon, Wallsend are working towards business administration apprenticeships within the company’s finance and cost control departments. DUCO is a world leader in the design and manufacture […]

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Training helps Philip finally win that elusive job

A 47-year-old Newcastle man who feared he may never work again after three months without a job and 80 failed job applications, has won a job. Philip Lorking, from Elswick, had lost all his confidence after being made redundant and facing a stack of rejections from companies he had applied for jobs with. Worried for […]

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New apprenticeship launched

In response to demand from small firms in the region, a Gateshead training provider has launched a new Bookkeeping Apprenticeship. Access Training is now offering a Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping after the National Apprenticeship Service reported local firms were finding it difficult to recruit and train suitable bookkeepers. The first recruits to take part […]

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National Learner Survey

Having recently carried out our own learner survey we are now asking learners to take part in a national learner survey undertaken by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). This survey captures the views of learners at colleges and training providers. Scores will be published nationally so that potential learners and employers can compare training providers […]

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Newsletter: Issue 15

Newsletter Edition 15  

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Successful Ofsted for Access

Access Training are pleased to announce that their recent Ofsted inspection was a great success. 7 inspectors visited Access for a week at the end of January, observing training sessions, reviews and assessments and interviewing a wide range of learners, employers, staff and partner organisations. The final report confirms that ‘Access Training is a good […]

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Apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds is available now

Are you a small or medium sized enterprise and looking to take on an apprentice for the first time, or have you previously employed an apprentice more than 3 years ago and now wish to employ additional apprentices over and above your traditional levels of recruitment? The National Apprenticeship Service will provide grants to small […]

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Free support for training companies

  Access Training has won funding from the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) to give free support to other training companies interested in alternative contracting models. Access, based in north east England, has been approved by LSIS to provide consultancy on how to add value to a business by either becoming a lead provider, […]

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New apprentice recruits apprentices

A Gateshead student has secured an apprenticeship that sees her helping other wannabe apprentices get a job. Kate Veitch, 20, from Lobley Hill, has been appointed by Team Valley based Access Training as an administration apprentice. Her role involves providing support to the company’s Business Solutions team which includes matching learners with apprenticeship opportunities on […]

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2011 Learner survey – Your Feedback Counts

Access Training carried out its annual learner survey from September to November 2011. Learners were asked to complete a questionnaire grading us on a scale of 1 to 10 in 16 areas (with 1 = Very Poor, 5 = Satisfactory and 10 = Very Good). 85 questionnaires were completed with average scores for each area […]

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Access partnership secures £2m contract and safeguards 50 jobs

  A north east training company has created a new partnership which will secure 50 jobs in the region. Access Training has won a £2m contract with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) thanks to a partnership deal with two other training providers – Durham Training and MPH Customer Centred Training. The move has doubled its […]

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2011 Employer Survey – Your Feedback Counts

Access Training carried out its annual employer survey in October and November 2011. Employers were asked to complete a questionnaire (on line or paper versions were available) grading us on a scale of 1 to 10 in 16 areas (with 1 = Very Poor, 5 = Satisfactory and 10 = Very Good). 44 questionnaires were […]

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Access Training expands workforce

Despite challenging times in the training sector, one north east company is bucking the trend by expanding, with the recruitment of four new staff. Gateshead based Access Training has appointed Nicola Henderson as a Trainer, Donna Barker as Business Development Manager, David Armstrong as Assistant Finance Manager and Kate Veitch as an apprentice. The company […]

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New training to help unemployed

Tyneside jobseekers are being offered free help to get back into work – thanks to two new training courses. Access Training, in partnership with E-achieve, has launched an IT skills course for unemployed people, to help them with writing CVs and job applications and carrying out online job searches. A sales and customer services course […]

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Access employer survey

As a Training Provider we aim to provide a quality service to our customers. In order to do this we need to monitor and continuously improve our service. An essential aspect of this process is gaining the views of those we train and we do this on an annual basis. Most of the people we […]

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Access establishes a secure partnership

Security Apprentices, Alex Blakey, David Penman, Jordan Ringrose, Louis Taylor and Stephen Thompson have been wowed by the facilities available at the Skills Academy. A unique new partnership has provided opportunities for companies throughout the north east to offer apprenticeships in the growing security sector. Access have provided and managed apprenticeship programmes in the region […]

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Apex Apprentices

l-r Chelsea Cawthorn, Joe Clarkson, Iain Curry, Michelle Klitzke, Lorraine Robinson. Newcastle-based, Apex Radio is a prime example of an employer who has invested in apprenticeships and subsequently reaped the benefits for their business. Established in 1990, Apex’s business is in the hire and sale of two-way radios and associated communications equipment. The company has […]

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Newsletter: Issue 14

Newsletter Edition 14 March 11

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Company toasts training success

Whilst the economic slump has had a huge impact on the drinks industry in the area, one organisation has been working hard to ensure it is in the best possible position to see the downturn through. Over the past year Waverley TBS, an independent drinks wholesaler based in Felling, have been carrying out some serious […]

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Council learners help to reduce costs

The Newcastle City council employees who have all achieved Advanced Apprenticeships in Warehousing. Pictured with Access Skills Adviser, Gary Thorpe and Eric Wilson Warehouse Manager at the Allendale Road site. While Access aim to help individuals gain qualifications they look to do so in a way that has an impact on their employer’s business and […]

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Apprenticeship Week 2011

Apprenticeship Week will take place from Monday 7 February to Friday 11 February 2011. The aim of the week which is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is to highlight the talents and skills of apprentices and celebrate the value of Apprenticeships. It will see apprentices, employers, providers and all those involved with Apprenticeship […]

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Access Learner Survey 2010

We have recently completed our 2010 Learner Survey. 132 questionnaires were returned from all occupational areas. The average satisfaction levels were very high and learners also made some brilliant comments and useful suggestions on how we can improve. The following is a brief summary of the results: What learners like Individualised support from Access staff […]

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Access to degrees

Two Access apprentices employed by Van Hee Transport are embarking on Degree courses thanks to the qualifications gained during their apprenticeship programmes. Twenty year old Craig Taylor from Hebburn has begun a Foundation Degree Course at Sunderland University after completing an apprenticeship and advanced apprenticeship in Business Administration with Access. The UCAS points Craig gained […]

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Apprenticeship facts

Access are one of the leading providers of apprenticeship programmes in the region and as the only independent training provider to hold the Training Quality Standard (TQS) are well placed to deliver apprenticeships to new or current staff (any age). Access offer over 10 different apprenticeship and advanced apprenticeship frameworks and are one of few […]

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Pre-Apprenticeship Training in Administration and Customer Service

Access has developed a pre-apprenticeship/Foundation Learning programme for 16-18 year olds which offers flexible and personalised training programmes to help individuals develop their potential and prepare them for an employed apprenticeship position. Delivered at our premises in the Gateshead Skills Academy the programme has been designed to equip individuals with personal and social development skills; […]

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16-18 Foundation Learning Programme

Access has developed a pre-apprenticeship/Foundation Learning programme for 16-18 year olds which offers flexible and personalised training programmes to help individuals develop their potential and prepare them for an employed apprenticeship position. Delivered at our premises in the Gateshead Skills Academy the programme has been designed to equip individuals with personal and social development skills; […]

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Vacancies

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Applications We are advertising the following vacancies on behalf of employers in the North East. These vacancies are also advertised on Apprenticeship vacancies. Please click on the following link: Apprenticeship matching service We are also interested in receiving applications for apprenticeship opportunities in general and we will consider these against current vacancies and those which […]

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Progression guides

For information on progression, please select from the list below: Administration Level 2 (PDF) Administration Level 3 (PDF) AAT Level 2 (PDF) AAT Level 3 (PDF) AAT Level 4 (PDF) Team Leader Level 2 (PDF) Management Level 3 (PDF) Customer Service Level 2 (PDF) Customer Service Level 3 (PDF) Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 2 (PDF) […]

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Access have a long established reputation for effective partnership working, identified as a key strength in 3 consecutive government inspections of our provision eg Ofsted inspection 2007. We aim to work in partnership with employers and learners when delivering our training to ensure that we meets their needs. We work in partnership with funding bodies […]

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Access is made up of 3 separate divisions / services. They are: Access business solutions can offer an assessment/advice service with access to either a Skills Broker (Business Link) or a Business Solutions Adviser, who will analyse the skills gaps within a company and where required develop an appropriate training plan. We will also offer […]

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Apprenticeships are government supported work-based training programmes, available at different levels and in a variety of occupational areas. Typically an apprenticeship involves work towards an NVQ (national vocational qualification), a technical certificate (eg a City and Guilds or BTEC qualification) and key / functional skills in mathematics, English and ICT. Training is usually undertaken in […]

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Occupational information sheets

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For further information, please select from the list below: Administration (PDF) Accounts (PDF) Information, Advice and Guidance (PDF) Customer Service (PDF) Alarms (PDF) Manufacturing (PDF) Warehousing (PDF) Follow us on Twitter @Access2Training

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