Middlesbrough IT firm marks 10-year milestone with five new apprenticeship vacancies

Seeing the sign go up on their new premises was a proud moment for the team at AD Network Solutions (ADNS).

The culmination of 10 years hard work has seen a step up to larger purpose-designed offices at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Park.

Now the team are marking the occasion by recruiting for three new apprentice IT technical consultants to join the ranks along with two IT technician apprentices.

Commercial Director John Lupton said: “This is a great opportunity for the right people, and, for us, a further chance to grow the business.”

Hitting their official 10-year anniversary last year, John explained: “It has all been very low key so far as it didn’t feel right celebrating at the height of a pandemic.”

So instead, he and managing director Jamie Allinson struck upon an alternate way to mark the occasion, with the introduction of a brand-new apprenticeship opportunity.

Delivered alongside Stockton Riverside College, and with support from the Tees Valley Mayor and the Combined Authority’s Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support Grant, the technical consultant role will see the new recruits working at the forefront of the business, promoting IT solutions to new and existing clients.

After what has been a challenging year for all, John said: “We are fortunate to be in a position to be able to continue to grow our business. Offering apprenticeship opportunities is a great way to do that.”

With a strong track record for apprenticeship success, ADNS has several team members who started with the company as apprentices, as well as many more who have gone on to progress in the industry.

“For us, it is about being able to grow our own talent,” said John, who is looking for applicants with plenty of passion and drive.

Offering a bespoke mix of IT knowledge, customer service and sales skills, Stockton Riverside College Assessor in Digital and Professional IT, Jamie Gilbey, explained: “We are excited to be working with ADNS to launch this apprenticeship opportunity – which is a first for the college.”

With the digital and IT industry in rapid demand, he said: “In the last 12 months, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are rapidly becoming a digital workforce. As more companies have had to go digital, they need that IT support.

“This apprenticeship offers another career route for those with an interest in IT, leading to a range of potential roles such as specialist sales consultants, customer support or account management.”

With the potential for progression with ADNS, John said: “These roles are a key component of our business moving forward.

“We are not just looking for sales people we are looking for applicants who have a real interest in IT and in particular cyber security, data protection and delivery of compliance.”

To find out more about the vacancies visit:

Apprentice IT Technical Consultant – Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk)

Or Level 3 IT Technician Apprentice – Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk)