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Xiscad Training, in Sunderland, keen to nurture future workers
A TRAINING firm specialising in IT apprenticeships says it has had to move into larger premises after experiencing a surge in demand.
Xiscad Training, based in Sunderland, has trained more than 70 apprentices in software development, computer maintenance, and design and networking, and is now looking to give another 40 youngsters the skills to start their careers.
The company, which works out of North-East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), was founded in May last year by IT expert Steven Carr, and employs 10 people.
Mr Carr revealed Xiscad, which works with Sunderland College and training provider Learning Curve, was seeing the benefits of apprenticeships itself after taking on a number of young people in full-time roles, including 19-year-old supervisor Josh Summerside, administrator Laura Scott, and Samuel Cotterill, who is working as an assessor.
He said: “We aim to provide a high-calibre apprentice with high-quality skills that will make them a long-term valuable asset to any business.
“We provide a programme based on the employer’s requirements and the wider employment skills required by businesses.
“There’s definitely been an increase in the number of young people recognising that apprenticeships are a viable route into a range of careers, including highly skilled, technical roles, and this has had a positive impact on the business.”
Colin Turnbull, BIC IT manager, said he was delighted to see Xiscad's success continue.
He said: “It has experienced significant growth in such a short space of time and is providing opportunities for young people and supplying businesses with high-calibre apprentices.”
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