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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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