David Milstead turned down a place at university to join the software giant Sage, which has become the latest big firm in the North East to hire apprentices.
The number of people choosing apprenticeships in business and administration has increased in the last four years, at a time when university tuition fees are rising.
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The Met office has issued a weather warning for snow and Ice, threatening the return of the so-called 'Beast from the East'.
The Met Office predicts the region will be hit by localised heavy snow showers over the weekend with snowfall of up to 15cms in some areas.
A dozing burglar was caught in the act when he was found sleeping behind the bar of the nightclub he’d broken into.