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Apprenticeships and Enterprise Opportunities

14th September 2016

On the 15th September we will be taking part in the second Hexham Jobs and Apprenticeships fair.

You can visit us at Hexham Mart between 10am and 4pm.  You’ll also be able to meet with 20 major local firms such as Egger, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Homebase offering a variety of different vacancies. We are always interested in helping people gain experience and qualifications, whether they are school leavers or experienced workers. 


Eastburn HQApprenticeship schemes give people a chance to work alongside our experienced staff in a supported environment.  Apprenticeships can take many forms; from those school or college based with some time spent with the employer or an apprenticeship based mainly with the employer with some learning away from the employer e.g. one day at week at college. 

Some of our staff started their careers with us through apprenticeships.

“After leaving Haydon Bridge High School  aged 16, I applied for an apprenticeship with NNPA which was advertised in the Hexham Courant.  This apprenticeship was in conjunction with the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Every 2 weeks I would spend a day at NECC being tutored on the qualification coursework.  The rest of the time I was ‘on the job’ training based at the NNPA offices in Hexham learning all about IT being supported by existing NNPA IT staff.  I completed my ITQ level 2 and then my IT level 3.  In 2004 I was employed by NNPA as an ITC support trainee and am still employed in the capacity of ITC Support on a permanent, full-time basis.”

Sean Bennion, ICT Support, NNPA

“I began work with NNPA straight from school on a YTS (Youth Training Scheme).  I continued with the NNPA as a Modern Apprentice and was successful in gaining Business Administration NVQ levels 2 and 3.

Towards the end of my Modern Apprenticeship and level 3 qualification I had gained some experience in the Finance Department, spending around 3 days in administration and 2 days in finance.   At the end of my apprenticeship the Finance Department required more resource and so I was then appointed the role of a full time Finance Administrative Officer. 

I then was given the opportunity of doing my Association of Accounting Technician qualification (equivalent to an NVQ4) which resulted in my becoming a part-qualified accountant.  After that I was promoted to the role of Finance Officer which was the same level as my other finance colleagues. 

It was subsequently established more technical accounting was needed within the Finance Department so I agreed to undertake a full accountancy qualification.  Following this qualification success, came a promotion to Senior Finance Officer and then I applied for the vacant post of Finance Manager which I was successful in achieving and is the post I have now held for 5 years.

I think my experience shows you can develop a professional career without following traditional routes such as university.  By joining as an administrative apprentice I had the opportunity to work in a lot of different areas and then specialise in the field where my natural ability lay – if I had not had that experience I would never had considered a career in finance.”

Hazel Fitzsimmons, Finance Manager

Enterprise Opportunities

In addition to employment opportunities at our Hexham HQ you will also find Hexham Enterprise Hub @ Eastburn. We offer an attractive, flexible place for people to do business whether hot-desking, a more permanent office or as an Associate Member.

Eastburn Pods

At the Hexham Enterprise Hub you’ll find Office Space, Meeting Rooms, Co-working spaces, Garden Annexe communal meeting space, Kitchen and shower facilities, Free Car parking, and much more

To find out more visit our Enterprise Hub page on our website.

Rural Development

Not only do the Northumberland National Park Authority look after the landscape, heritage and culture of the protected area, helping to keep it a special place for people to live in and enjoy.

We also support local communities and businesses be ensuring they can can access grants, support and advice. Grants are available through our Small Grant Fund, the NU LEADER Approach and our Good Nature Fund. We also provide advice on other sources of funding that you can use in whole or to match with a grant from us.

Sewingshields Heritage Meats

“In May we had an application for £700 from the Small Grant fund approved. This is to help with our new farm diversification business, Sewingshields Heritage Meats. We have started selling the lamb and beef we produce on our hill farm directly to the consumer.

Sewingshields Heritage Meats

The money is to help us promote and market the meat. With the money we were able to use local photographer Richie Jameson and designer Bill Grisdale to produce a logo, leaflets, business cards and a story board. The story board will soon be displayed in the Twice Brewed Inn, which is serving our beef and lamb on their menu. As a small business just starting out the money is a great help to us.”

Karen Ballantyne – Hadrian Sandwiches

Prior to 2000 I used to work for a self-employed business called Border Home Bake.  In 2000 I took the business on and over time built this up to 16 customers.  As the business grew, so did my realisation that I needed better facilities to be able to continue on my path.  Unfortunately at the time the usual business advice and guidance services such as Business Link were unable to assist me. 

Luckily, I was put in contact with the Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) and I was able to apply for a project grant.  With help and support from the NNPA I was successful in my application and able to convert and old pantry/dairy building into a kitchen/catering facility.  This also enabled me to tie in working from home with my young family and their requirements. 

I now run a thriving business involving mobile sandwich rounds, hold the lease for the running of the cafe at Hexham Auction Mart and also provide catering for events and conferences held in the Function Suite at the Mart.  I employ 3 full-time and 6 part-time members of staff, as well as additionally providing work to others at times of events etc.  Without NNPA’s help and support I don’t believe I would be where I am now.”

For more information visit our Rural Development pages on our website.

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.