On 14th March, ITC Service will be taking all of its former and current apprentices to the North East Business Awards. The awards, held at Ramside Hall, Durham are dedicated to the finalists for the Apprenticeship Award. The whole team is excited about the event! ITC is extremely proud to be finalists in this category; reflecting their passion for offering training, employment and careers in the tech sector to local people.
The Apprenticeship Award recognises businesses that have implemented an apprentice scheme. Apprentices are seen as an integral part in developing their workforce. They provide opportunities for the younger generation in the area. ITC are passionate about their apprenticeship programmes which include IT, digital marketing, sales and business admin.
Formed in 2006 by Peter Anderson and Christopher Potts, ITC Service now delivers IT support to over 400 businesses in the north east as well as providing hardware, software, IT security, hosted telecoms, website design and IT consultancy. Covering a vast range of sectors including manufacturing, engineering, education, charities and organisations, ITC Service pride themselves on delivering a top-quality service to clients throughout the region. It is essential that the workforce is grown and developed effectively to ensure that the business continues to deliver the highest standard of service as it grows. Apprentices are imperative in this process.
Moving to South Tyneside in June 2017, ITC has doubled their head count now employing 33 members of staff of which a fifth are apprentices. With a focus on ‘home growing’ the workforce, apprentices are fully integrated team members who benefit from support and mentoring from experienced staff.
ITC Service took on its first apprentice 4 years ago and has continued to give opportunities to enthusiastic learners throughout the region, with all successful apprentices being offered full time roles within the business.
ITC are continually growing as a company creating jobs and new apprenticeship vacancies giving exciting new opportunities to the younger generation, teaching school leavers the key skills needed for the sector. Given the skills gap in the tech sector, ITC feel it is important to bridge this gap by offering relevant training, hands on experience and qualifications.
A recent visit by Leader of South Tyneside Council Cllr Iain Malcolm was well received, with Cllr Malcolm stating “Seeing companies such as ITC Service move into the borough and grow, fuelled by the talent of young residents as apprentices is so positive. I wish the whole team all the very best as a finalist in the Apprenticeship award, it’s a great achievement to be celebrated.”
Level 2 Apprentice Jamie Blanchflower said “What I enjoy the most about my apprenticeship with ITC is the variety of IT issues I encounter. Every day is different and poses new problems enabling me to learn more about IT and gain valuable experience… ITC is a great place for apprentices as the whole team is friendly, welcoming and kind. Senior engineers always have time to share their knowledge and are on hand to help if I need it. ITC’s friendly and positive working culture provides an ideal environment which is a pleasure to be a part of.
Kate Anderson, Marketing Director of ITC commented “We see our apprentices as the future of ITC. They are all fully integrated and valued members of the team…A small business with a big heart, we pride ourselves on providing a genuinely friendly and supportive working culture”.
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