Rising Stars programme addresses IT skills shortage in North East

NCFE and British Engines have teamed up with Baltic Training to launch a new initiative to address the skills shortage in the IT sector across the North East.

The NCFE Academy will run a specific training programme, named ‘Rising Stars’, which will give local teens the opportunity to develop their technical skills and gain relevant practical work experience.

The programme will see a group of young learners take part in a 15 week ‘boot camp’ which  will consist of academic learning, shadowing and observing along with other practical work experience. A certificate of achievement will be given to all of the learners who complete the boot camp and 5 of those learners will then be given the opportunity to join NCFE and British Engines on a one year apprenticeship programme.

The successful candidates who have gained a place on the initial boot camp were put through their paces in an assessment centre conducted by Baltic Training and also face to face interviews with NCFE and British Engines at their offices on Quorum Business Park in Longbenton.

Lindsey Gibson, ITPS Manager at NCFE, said: “We’ve been delighted with the calibre of applicants for our Rising Stars programme. For many of these young people, it’s their first experience of going through a recruitment process and they’ve all risen to the challenge. At NCFE, our core business is developing vocational qualifications and apprenticeships to help young people move on to the next stage in their lives and careers. We believe that there are lots of routes to career success and an academic pathway isn’t for everyone. With this in mind, the Rising Stars programme is a great fit for us and it’ll be fantastic to watch these young people grow and develop through the NCFE Academy.”