Baltic on the fast track

The Northern Echo: Baltic Training Chairman Freddie Peart (centre) surrounded by apprentices (left to right) Codie Foster ,Alexandria Pickersgill ,Brogan Dobson, Kieren Gillott-Keens,Danny Robertshaw and Rosie Parks Baltic Training Chairman Freddie Peart (centre) surrounded by apprentices (left to right) Codie Foster ,Alexandria Pickersgill ,Brogan Dobson, Kieren Gillott-Keens,Danny Robertshaw and Rosie Parks

A COUNTY DURHAM firm has been named as the only North-East company and UK training provider in the Virgin Fast Track 100 list.

The annual league table ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing sales over a period of three years. Newton Aycliffe-based Baltic Training Services' inclusion follows it successfully doubling annual sales growth since 2010 and has now achieved sales totaling £5.8m.

The company provides employment opportunities for more than 750 school leavers and young people through the provision of apprenticeships in a number of different sectors.

Its pprenticeships last at least 12 months and ensure trainees are gaining valuable hands-on experience from the outset. This has been achieved by working closely with employers to design programmes that meet business needs.

Originally targeting the logistics sector Baltic now has its focus set upon the IT and social media sectors. 

Tony Pitchford, sales director at Baltic Training Services, said: “It is great to have our hard work recognised in such a prominent publication. The inclusion in the Virgin Fast Track 100 is the perfect way to conclude a very successful year.

“In the last three years we have seen annual sales growth double, which whilst being great for the business is also very beneficial to young people who now have more apprenticeships available to them.

“The demand for apprenticeships has increased in recent years as a growing number of employers see it as a valuable and highly accredited qualification. Many young people now see apprenticeships as a viable alternative to college.”
 

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