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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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