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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Major routes were brought to a standstill, homes were left without power and more than a hundred schools were forced to close due to snow.
Ben Stokes is due to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he would be making his international return.
It's causing chaos on the region's roads but the snow has created some stunning landscapes across the North East.