This week marks National Apprenticeship Week, the annual celebration of apprenticeships bringing the whole community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals employers and the economy.

We are no stranger to apprenticeships. Our CEO, Tony Snaith, started his working life as an apprentice back in the 80s and that foundation and ethos has stayed with him and we took on our first apprentice 18 months ago.

Partnering with Stockton Riverside College, accessing the local LEP, Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Apprenticeship Funding Scheme and receiving support from the Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, Jordan Woollett started with us in September 2017.

The great news is that just last week, Jordan completed his course – an Advanced Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals (England) - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals (QCF).

The whole spirit of apprenticeships is those that have been taken through the process, and succeeded in both their education and work experiences, remain with the business that trained them.

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Jordan has been offered, and has accepted, his employment contract to stay with us.

Jordan is now a key member of our busy engineering team as well as providing customer support.

Home-grown talent is the future for our business. Whether it be college or graduate apprentices, whatever level, we are in total support for apprenticeships as a great way into stable employment and gaining valuable skills and training.