More apprenticeships announced by big local employer

17 March 2016

    – One of area’s largest employers recruiting 12 new apprentices

    – Holding special event for National Apprenticeship Week

    – Sky’s the limit for new graduating apprentice Liam

Innovative IT and services provider Northgate Public Services will recruit a dozen new apprentices from the Teesside region this year, the company announced during a special celebration for National Apprenticeship Week.

The apprentices will receive training that includes IT, business administration, finance and logistics, giving them the skills and training needed to thrive in today’s work environment.

They will join 19 existing apprentices and 230 employees working at the Northgate Public Services Hartlepool business hub. The apprenticeship scheme is run in partnership with the Hartlepool College of Further Education and Hartlepool Council.

Teesside local Liam Millward, 21, has his sights set on a career in management thanks to his apprenticeship.

"My apprenticeship is helping me understand both the financial and the technical side of the business. I’m learning how the stores process works and how we control the flow of stock. Currently my role is to I manage the IT stock stores that support Hartlepool Council and the company I work for, Northgate Public Services.  

“I'm also learning the technical side of the business by working on the service desk two days a week. Currently, I am working on a big technology refresh project involving the replacement of all Hartlepool Council’s IT infrastructure.

“I want to guide and help people, so ultimately I'd like to be a manager and help my own team.”

Anthony Singleton, Executive Director for Services, Northgate Public Services, said:

“We’re huge believers in apprenticeships. It’s an absolute pleasure to see the talent and potential of these young people realised, see them blossom in confidence and skill and become future leaders. Apprenticeships also mean increased productivity for our business, better staff retention and it creates the skilled workforce that will drive our business in decades to come.

“For the success of our apprentices we have to thank Hartlepool, which is the backbone of our national scheme. Not only does it supply an extraordinary number of talented young people, it’s also the home of the stakeholders – in particular the council and the college – who make it possible. I’d like to thank them, and of course also the young people who are working so hard to create a better future for themselves.”

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “The creation of apprenticeships was part of the deal which saw Northgate Public Services create its Regional Business Centre in Hartlepool in 2014 and enter into a seven year agreement to deliver IT services for the Council.

“Already, Northgate has exceeded its job creation and apprenticeship targets which is great news and a real boost to the local economy.

“We said at the outset that the agreement with Northgate Public Services represented fantastic value for the people of Hartlepool and this has proved to be the case.”


Northgate Public Services communications team:

Michael O’Toole: 07890537615



Sandra Malone: 07554 770120

About Northgate Public Services:

Northgate Public Services is a software and outsourcing business with extensive experience in the public sector. Its clients include government departments and agencies, local authorities, police and emergency services, hospitals, transport providers and utilities. It also works with housing providers in the UK and internationally. The company is headquartered in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and employs more than 2,300 people in the UK and internationally.