Two teenagers from Newcastle who completed their ICT apprenticeships with Wolf Group this month have been offered full-time roles as Junior Software Developers at the IT consultancy’s North Shields head office.
During the bespoke 12-month programme Allan Lambert, 18, and Ben Nixon, 19, have both achieved level three ICT qualifications and had the opportunity to work on real-world projects, including conducting pioneering software testing on behalf of clients such as Northumbria University and LetSafe.
Ben, who began his apprenticeship at Wolf Group in June 2014, said: “It’s brilliant to have my efforts over the past 12-months acknowledged in the form of a full-time job. I really enjoyed the apprenticeship and it has definitely been a worthwhile experience.
“Helping to deliver high end, bespoke software to clients as part of such a reputable company will be a fantastic opportunity for me at the beginning of my career.”
Wolf Group’s apprenticeship initiative which forms part of the Wolf Academy was one of the first of its kind in the North East. These latest appointments reflect the firm’s ambitious growth and expansion plans which includes further recruitment with specific focus on developers ongoing.
Managing Director of Wolf Group, Marc Fowler, said: “This is exactly why the Wolf Academy was established, to target the skills gap and provide training for a range of growing digital skills, in order to give great opportunities to the software developers of tomorrow, to be able to build a successful career.“
“As the first two of our apprentices to complete their courses since the Wolf Academy began, Allan and Ben have really proved themselves as valuable members of the team and, we’re excited to be able to retain them within the business.
Currently the academy has 12 apprentices enrolled on its programme, with spaces on the next intake now available. It’s hoped the initiative will not only reduce unemployment but also help to create and sustain a reputation for innovation, technology and software development in the region.
To learn more about IT training at Wolf, visit our Academy section.