In an exciting partnership with the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA), the EdTech platform globalbridge is connecting talented young people in the region with opportunities abound. 

Latest participation data shows a continued decline in apprenticeship participation across the UK.  NTCA has funded a 2-year pilot of the globalbridge platform in secondary schools, colleges and sixth forms as a way to address this decline. 

An innovative platform, globalbridge provides young people with the digital stage to showcase their skills, experience, and academic achievements in a virtual CV or e-portfolio. Connecting young people with employers, apprenticeships, and universities around the country, globalbridge allows them to build the relationships they need to succeed through curated career profiles. Each globalbridge digital CV carries young people through from school to their early careers, and beyond. 

Cllr Karen Kilgour, North of Tyne Cabinet Member for Education, Inclusion and Skills said:  “This is an important part of our ambition to secure good jobs with fair living wages for young people and everyone in the region. We are investing in our young people. We want to help them make the best decisions for their futures and get the skills they need to thrive in work.  This platform will ensure that apprenticeships are easy to access for all young people right across the region, in Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside.” 

 Ben Mason, founder and CEO of globalbridge, commented: “We’re extremely pleased to be working with the North of Tyne Combined Authority. Since our earliest conversations, their innovative approach to support education and industry across the region has been paramount. Supporting destinations for young people and connecting talent for employers across the region via globalbridge will see the Combined Authority using pioneering technology to digitally connect their region”. 

“As education looks to help young people navigate through the pandemic to a successful future, and industry looks to effectively identify talent and their future workforce, the Combined Authority is innovating the way it uses technology to level the playing field of opportunity. As Covid-19 has highlighted a number of shortcomings in how talent is identified, globalbridge is addressing this very issue as an evidence based ‘e-portfolio’ digitally connecting pathways between education and industry across the region”.  

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This partnership continues an expansion of the platform to students across the country. Come this academic year, every student in the North of Tyne region will have the opportunity to create their very own digital CV and begin connecting with employers, universities, and apprenticeships. Working with top employers such as GlaxoSmithKline, Siemens, and Sage, globalbridge levels the playing field for students the country over. With this project globalbridge will be supporting over 300,000 students nationally and expect this number to grow rapidly over the coming school year. 

All schools, colleges and sixth forms in the region  who would like to offer this opportunity for their students can contact to find out more, as can employers who would like to promote their apprenticeship vacancies.  For more information contact 

Information about the  NTCA apprenticeships programme can be found at