A NORTH East company is putting its energy into apprenticeships, after announcing plans to launch an academy that will power up its next generation.

South Tyneside-based The Energy Checking Company Ltd (TECC) is working in partnership with Sunderland College to set up and grow its very own Apprenticeship Academy, as it prepares to add 20 customer service advisors to its team over the coming weeks.

As plans progress to launch the academy, which is expected to officially open its doors in June, TECC and the college have organised a drop-in session for people interested in applying for one of the 20 apprenticeships to find out more.  The event, which will be held at Sunderland College’s City Campus on Friday, April 28 between 10am – 2pm, is open to the public and will allow people to learn more about TECC and the roles available within the company.

Ian Sinkamba, head of marketing at TECC, said: “Our aim is to provide a reliable, professional and consultative service aimed at reducing energy costs, shrinking carbon footprints and promoting the uptake of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technology. We are proud to be working with Sunderland College and look forward to the new apprentices joining us on our journey.”

TECC is one of the UK’s leading energy and renewable energy consultancies and has clients in the UK, Ireland, France and the USA, with plans for further growth in Australia and Canada.  It was set up just three years ago and is headquartered in South Shields, already employing a team of 80 in its North East HQ. The company has a second site in Birmingham which currently employs 20 staff.

When its academy opens in June, Sunderland College will provide the theory based aspects of the course, working with TECC to develop a programme that will meet the company’s specific needs.  The programme is expected to last between 12 and 18 months, and successful candidates will be supported through a Customer Service Level 2 NVQ, alongside sales training and energy-related training modules.

Iain Nixon, executive director of commercial activity at Sunderland College, said: “With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, many firms are investigating how they can grow their own, and it is fantastic to be the provider of choice for so many fantastic firms, when it comes to finding a delivery partner who can help them source the enthusiastic and driven people they need, as well as assisting with the development of the qualification.

“We’re delighted to be supporting TECC as they embark on this exciting new journey, and look forward to launching what we are sure will be a highly successful academy together.”

To find out more contact Carole Douglas, Head of Human Resources at TECC on 0191 6911803 or email carole.douglas@theenergycheck.co.uk or visitwww.theenergycheck.co.uk.