The region's only FTSE 100 company has joined a growing number of firms that are offering apprenticeships to young people.
The software giant Sage has taken on eleven apprentices, in a climate where young people are increasingly choosing either to apply directly for an apprenticeship rather than a university degree - or in some cases are turning down a place at university to sign up for apprenticeships.
The number of people choosing so-called 'white collar' apprenticeships has more than tripled in the last four years, at a time when rising tuition fees are deterring many young people from continuing in higher education.
More top news
The Geordie duo swept the board at the 2018 National Television Awards winning Presenter of the Year for a record breaking 17th time.
A Great North Air Ambulance captain is warning lives are being put at risk by people shining laser pens into the cockpits of aircrafts.
Hartlepool-born businessman Chris Musgrave has decided against buying Hartlepool United.