Project aiming to fill shortage in IT industry

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A new hub is being created to train more people in the IT industry.

In a bid to tackle the shortage of IT vacancies in the north east, IT employer network Dynamo has teamed up with Baltic Training Services to launch the UK’s first IT Apprentice Hub.

A 15-week Rising Stars programme will offer an intensive IT skills training course.

The first hub is due to open in Sunderland this month and in Newcastle in April following a successful pilot at Quorum Business Park, in Longbenton.

One of those to benefit was Chelsea Dryden, from Dudley near Cramlington, who overcame her fear of being the youngest and only female apprentice on her course to begin a career in software testing.

The 16-year-old has been offered an apprenticeship in software testing at leading national awarding organisation NCFE.

“I was so excited to be contacted by Baltic Training Services and given the opportunity to attend the assessment centre and then be offered a place on the Rising Stars programme,” she said.

“When I first started the programme I was slightly phased by the fact I was the youngest but also the only girl.

“I’m delighted I now have a career.”