North East-headquartered razorblue has created its own technical academy and is partnering with Darlington College to support apprentices.
The managed IT service provider announced it will be partnering with educational institutes directly, which includes Darlington College, with plans to extend partnerships with other colleges within the North East, Manchester and Scotland in the future.
As part of the technical academy, apprentices will spend four days per week at the company’s head office with the fifth day at college.
It is designed to support apprentices and enable them to move around different departments to gain a deeper understanding of how each part of the business works.
Two apprentices, Simon Chilvers and Mackenzie Monteith, have already joined the company through the new academy with the company seeking to recruit a third apprentice.
Mackenzie Monteith said: “I’m excited for my future with razorblue and to see how much I can learn from this experience.”
People Director, Joanne Finkeldey, added: “razorblue is investing a significant amount of time and resources into the structure of this academy so that apprentices are nurtured and can be safe in the knowledge that if they put in the work, there is a career for them at the end of it. For us, it is about securing and upskilling those candidates that align with our core values and providing a meaningful career path.”
razorblue has seven offices across Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Scotland, London, Teeside and North Yorkshire with a headcount of over 140 employees.