Rackstar Limited wins BRONZE for Best Employer

Gateshead, UK – 11th March 2017

Rackstar Limited wins BRONZE for Best Employer at the App4England Apprenticeship Awards!

Rackstar Limited is an independent, Gateshead based, IT service and support provider with its own carrier neutral data centre which supplies flexible and affordable services to Corporates, IT Professionals and resellers across the UK. Providing leading IT Support services such as UK Based Service Desks, Cloud Computing, Data Centre Services and Expertise as a Service.

Rackstar is beginning an exciting and rapid growth phase, with the company to investing heavily in the governments new Trailblazer Apprentice Programme. Rackstar currently employ apprentices who all successfully completed a rigorous Traineeship. Traineeships provide vocational training alongside real work experience. A further intake of apprentices is planned for late April 2017, with recruitment already underway for the Traineeship element of the package.

The eight-week Traineeship aimed to assist younger people become ‘Job Ready’, while providing technical skills and tailored learning opportunities. This Traineeship equipped the trainees for the current Level 3 Advanced IT Apprenticeship, which started in August 2016.

Rackstar believe the company’s success is directly linked to its employees. A five-year training roadmap has been created for each apprentice. This includes a Level 4 Apprenticeship in their chosen speciality, along with an ‘In Work Degree’.

Rackstar are collaborating with AB Education Consultants on this flagship Trailblazer Apprenticeship Programme, with AB Education Consultants helping to design a robust and real-world learning programme for the apprentices. AB Education Consultants also won Silver at the App4England Apprenticeship Awards in the Best Small Contractor category.

Part of this Trailblazer Apprenticeship has seen the creation of an academy, backed by Cisco, a leading network hardware manufacturer. This further enhances the training and qualifications provided to Rackstar apprentices, ensuring they are at the forefront of technology when they complete the apprenticeship.

Ken Mosley, Rackstar’s Chief Technical and Operations Officer, said “We are fully committed to giving our apprentices the tools they need to help both the apprentices and the company grow. Since collaborating with AB Educational Consultants, we are now building one of the most flexible and dynamic technical workforces in the North East, allowing us to deliver our ‘Expertise as a Service’ portfolio.”

Andrew Bowen, AB Education Consultants said “It’s been a fascinating journey working with Rackstar, with AB’s Consultancy skills and Rackstar’s Technical skills, this programme is now one of the flagship Trailblazer Apprentice Programmes in North East England.”

For media information: Ken Mosley, Chief Technical and Operations Officer, Rackstar Limited, 0191 349 8390, ken.mosley@rackstar.co.uk Andrew Bowen, Director, AB Education Consultants Limited, 07507 557 345, andrew.bowen@bowenconsulting.co.uk