Sunderland hub is training the next IT generation

Baltic Training's Louise Ball with trainees Ryan Harrison, back, Laura Slimin and Kieran Stratford.

Baltic Training's Louise Ball with trainees Ryan Harrison, back, Laura Slimin and Kieran Stratford.

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A NEW training programme is getting young people ready for a life in Wearside’s flourishing software industry.

The Dynamo Apprentice Hub, based at the Software Centre in Tavistock Place, aims to equip trainees with not just the technical abilities but also the life skills they need to start work.

This course will get trainees to the technical level they need to be at to enter the IT sector, but it is also about life skills.

Louise Ball, Baltic Training

“IT is a fantastic sector to work in and young people have a real aptitude for it,” said Louise Ball, of Baltic Training.

“There are around 2,000 vacancies in the North East and employers are passionate about attracting young people into the business, but it is very, very complicated to set up your own apprenticeship scheme.

“We need to take away the pain of taking on apprentices.

“This course will get trainees to the technical level they need to be at to enter the IT sector, but it is also about life skills.

“It replicates work – it is a nine-to five full working week. A lot of people coming straight out of school are not used to that.”

Secenteen-year-old Ryan Harrison is travelling from Blyth each day:.

He praised the course’s discipline on attendance and dress: “It is good to dress properly for the course, because it feels special,” he said.

H“And being here in the Software Centre we are surrounded by people in a working environment.

The hub is holding an open day for potential employers on April 8.

To attend or to enrol, call 01325 731 050 or e-mail marketing@baltictraining.com