Dynamo IT Apprentice Hub Ready to Launch

Written on: 5 September 2016

Written by: Amanda McCombie



The call is out for the region’s employers to support the Dynamo North East IT Apprentice Hub

The Dynamo North East IT Apprentice Hub is to officially launch after two years of successful pilots in the region.

By working with employers and young people the Dynamo Hub has created invaluable IT training, work experience and career opportunity in the region’s expanding technology sector.

A roll call of some of the region’s most prominent employers including Sage UK, Aspire Technology Solutions, Orange Bus, ITPS, Cofely / ENGIE, Geek Talent, On Board Pro, SGP Consulting, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council have all been involved in the pioneering programme and taken on apprentices as result.

The Dynamo IT Hub supports businesses large or small through each major step of setting up and running an apprenticeship program, from advertising and recruitment to training and assessment, and putting in place a framework to make it easier for IT businesses to take on apprentices. The North East was the first region in the UK to attempt this type of approach in IT.

 North East employers have the chance to sign up and support the Dynamo North East IT Apprentice Hub and a launch event is being held on September 19 at Sage UK followed by the start of the first course the following day.

Louise Ball, executive director of Baltic Training Services the training company responsible for delivering the Dynamo Hub, said: “With over 2,000 IT vacancies last year that couldn’t be filled we are calling on the region’s employers to sign up and support the Dynamo North East IT Apprentice Hub. The pilot programme has already proved itself successful at offering young people a route to a sustainable career in IT and employers access to a trained talent pool of people able to hit the ground running at the start of their apprenticeship.

“We are holding a launch event for prospective employers on Monday 19 September at Sage UK head office followed by the first Dynamo IT Hub starting at Rotterdam House on Newcastle Quayside the following day.”

Bob Paton CBE, a co-founder and vice chair of technology led employer group Dynamo North East and a key figure behind the creation of the IT Apprentice Hub said: “It is well documented that the North East has an IT skills gap and I’m very proud that with the Dynamo North East IT Apprentice Hub we have led the way in providing an easily accessible blue print for success for both ambitious young people and thriving employers offering IT apprenticeships.

“I spent my professional life enjoying a successful career in IT and I’m keen others should be able to benefit from what is an absolutely golden opportunity to reap the rewards of a sector that shows no signs of slowing down.”

Using Dynamo North East’s extensive network of IT employers, the apprentices have the opportunity to gain valuable real-life experience with some of the region's leading IT businesses, while gaining the qualifications they need to start their career.

From an employer's perspective, they can recruit from a pool of dedicated, driven individuals who have already demonstrated commitment and are appropriately qualified.

Business testimonials

One of the businesses involved in this year's hub is Campus North, recognised as one of the best providers of co-working and event spaces for tech meetups, start-ups and established businesses in Europe.

Lyndsey Britton, head of Campus North, said: “We're delighted to be giving young apprentices an opportunity to gain experience at Campus North. They'll be able to get invaluable hands-on learning with our diverse range of start-ups and the digital community here at the north east's tech HQ.

“Offering opportunities like this for young people also supports our own initiative Tech for Life which aims to break down barriers and help plug the skills gap, and develop the next generation of tech and digital entrepreneurs. This is a great scheme from Dynamo and Baltic Training and we're proud to be part of it.”

Similarly, online print destination company printed.com has signed up to welcome to the hub.

Lee McIntosh, chief operating officer of printed.com, said: “printed.com is pleased to be partnering with Baltic Training Services on the Dynamo Apprentice Hub. We believe this to be a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with local talent to create a pipeline to our workforce of the future. Working with printed.com will offer an apprentice access to a wealth of experience and support within a youthful company in a period of growth.”

Online retail site Red Hot Sunglasses has also taken on apprentices through the hub.  Rachel Breslin, e-commerce and digital marketing manager, said: “We’re very excited to be part of the Dynamo Apprentice Hub and provide the young people involved in the project with an insight into the working world. As a business we understand the importance of gaining work experience, learning new skills and gaining confidence within a working environment, it’s nice to be able to give something back.”

Oliver Scott, 17, from Newcastle, is working towards his Level 3 IT apprenticeship with Baltic Training Services working at ENGIE as a network engineer apprentice, supporting North Tyneside Council by helping with their network issues in schools, libraries and care homes throughout the region.

He completed his Level 2 qualification in the IT Apprentice Hub pilot last year where he achieved seven distinctions and a full Microsoft qualification.

To book tickets for the free launch of the Dynamo IT Apprentice Hub at Sage on 19 September, you can visit the event page at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dynamo-apprentice-hub-launch-tickets-26698872045/

If you would like more information on the Dynamo IT Apprentice Hub call Ruth Watson on 07738 734 200 or email ruth.watson@baltictraining.com.

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