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AN apprentice academy is to be created in the borough as a company looks to create up to 100 career opportunities before the year is out.

Longbenton-based insurance firm Insurethebox has teamed up with North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside Learning Trust to offer the training opportunities as part of its growth strategy.

It will set up the apprentice academy at its Quorum Business Park base.

The partnership will see the council and learning trust helping Insurethebox meet its recruitment needs.

Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “We are delighted that a young and innovative company such as Insurethebox has demonstrated its commitment to expansion in the borough.

“This partnership arrangement to offer training, development and employment opportunities for our young people is a great move, and in the future we would like to see this kind of working replicated.”

Jason Tipton, head of operations at Insurethebox, said: “The support from the council and trust is making it possible for us to continue to grow.”

Trust chairman David Baldwin, also head of Wallsend’s Churchill Community College, said: “This partnership will offer genuine new opportunities for our young people, and we are looking forward to linking up with Insurethebox and introducing them to the talented and able young people we have in North Tyneside.”

Launched in June 2010, Insurethebox has pioneered the use of telematics-based motor insurance policies rewarding motorists for driving safely.