South Shields firm sparks apprentice revolution

From left, TECC's Aaron Sheriff and Ian Sinkamba with Iain Nixon

From left, TECC's Aaron Sheriff and Ian Sinkamba with Iain Nixon

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A South Shields company is looking to generate its own bright sparks.

The Energy Checking Company Ltd (TECC) is working with Sunderland College to set up its own Apprenticeship Academy, as it prepares to add 20 customer service advisors to its team over the coming weeks.

An artist's impression of new Sunderland College campus in the city centre.

An artist's impression of new Sunderland College campus in the city centre.

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 open event, which will be held at Sunderland College’s City Campus on Friday, April 28 between 10am and 2pm, will allow people to learn more about TECC and the roles available.

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.”

We are proud to be working with Sunderland College and look forward to the new apprentices joining us on our journey.

TECC has clients in the UK, Ireland, France and the USA, with plans for further growth in Australia and Canada.

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, college executive director of commercial activity, 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.

“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.”

Contact Carole Douglas on 0191 6911803, e-mail carole.douglas@theenergycheck.co.uk or visit www.theenergycheck.co.uk.