UK’s first IT apprentice hub to open in Newcastle

Newcastle City Council has thrown its weight behind a new initiative which aims to narrow skills gap in the North East’s IT sector.

Dynamo North East, in partnership with training company Baltic Training Services, is launching the UK’s first IT apprentice hub which will see students take part in a 15-week programme offering an intensive skills training course with technical content.

Newcastle City Council will open up Newcastle City Learning Centre to provide state-of-the-art IT facilities and expertise for the project.

Council chief executive Pat Richie said: “Our education division is working hard to maximise the council’s resources in order to nurture the talent in the young people of Newcastle and the wider region. The IT Hub, which has been developed with a specific need in mind, in terms of the region’s IT skills gap, is a fantastic way to harness this young talent. It will provide a launch pad, with the help of our facilities at the City Learning Centre, for many careers in IT.”

Louise Ball, operations director for Baltic Training Services, added: “The North East has a vibrant growing IT sector and what IT employers need is appropriately qualified young people able to hit the ground running when they secure entry to paid apprenticeship level 3 roles in order to sustain the growth. The idea of the IT Apprentice Hub is to fill this requirement providing a pool of talent that can be drawn on right here in the North East therefore not forcing employers to look beyond regional boundaries. We are delighted that Newcastle City Council has collaborated on this project providing some wonderful facilities that the young people on this course will really benefit from.”