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North East broker takes on Apprentices

You're hired! Matthew, Jade & Nicola join the ranks at Northern Counties.

The boss of a north east-based insurance broker has said "you're hired" to three young apprentices.

Northern Counties Insurance - which has its head office in Gateshead - has recruited Nicola Taylor and Jade Little, both aged 19, and 20 year old Matthew Hart who are all now working towards achieving their business administration apprenticeship.

Northern Counties was set up in 1928 and is one of the UK's longest established independent insurance brokers, offering expert advice, guidance and insurance products to a range of commercial and private clients throughout the north east.

The broker decided to investigate the apprentice route following a recommendation from a client who had successfully taken on apprentices through Gateshead recruitment company, Access Training, as part of the government's young apprentice programme.

Northern Counties is confident that the new recruits will help it to offer its clients an even better level of customer service.

Michael Bailey, Northern Counties Commercial Broking Director, said: "The apprenticeship programme complements our recruitment of more experienced staff perfectly. It gives young and hungry staff the opportunity to learn from other employees who have worked in the insurance industry for several years, whilst at the same time developing them in accordance with our own practices.

"As a company, we are dedicated to training and development and the apprenticeship route allows us to bring fresh young talent into the company. Nicola, Jade and Matthew are already proving to be a fantastic resource. Their enthusiasm, intelligence and key skills will be an asset to us and our customers."

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