Go North East takes on 11 engineering and bodybuilder apprentices

Pictured (left to right): Kevin Marston Gateshead College with some of the apprentices and Colin Barnes at Go North East (far right)

Go North East has taken on 11 new engineering and coachbuilder apprentices.

They will assist the company maintain and service its fleet as it continues to grow.

The group join through the apprenticeship scheme delivered in partnership with Gateshead College. It will involve a four year training contract with one day a week training at Gateshead College’s Skills Academy for Automotive and Engineering on the Team Valley trading estate.

On completion the apprentices will then be offered a permanent role at the operator.

“Nearly 90% of our engineering workforce started their role as apprentices, including myself, and it’s something we’re hugely proud of,” says Colin Barnes, Engineering Director at Go North East.

“We believe that a strong, skilled and productive workforce can only result from equipping our employees with the training, experience and expertise they need to succeed in their role from the very beginning.

“This is why we work closely with Gateshead College to help us find the next generation of engineering technicians and coachbuilders and provide a bespoke apprenticeship that develops the skills we need our workforce to have.

“I’m delighted to welcome our 11 new apprentices to Go North East where they have the opportunity to enjoy a long and progressive career.”

Go North East’s apprenticeship programme, which is over 10 years old, has been designed specific to the company’s needs.

“Our partnership with Go North East continues to go from strength to strength as we adapt and evolve the apprenticeship to meet the organisation’s ongoing workforce requirements,” says Gateshead College Assistant Principal Kevin Marston. “Recruiting and developing the right people is vital to any employer’s success and growth plans. We work with many high profile organisations across the region and nationally to develop tailored apprenticeships that provide the bespoke skills they need for specific or specialist job roles across the business.”