Supporting the growth of North East businesses

December 4, 2019

Education Partnership North East is committed to generating growth opportunities for North East employers through apprenticeship and workforce development programmes

A leading education provider, which includes Sunderland College, Northumberland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form, has announced a strategic vision that encompasses a careers-focused curriculum to support the economic needs of the region, and is helping businesses further increase their skills and bottom line.

Education Partnership North East has worked closely with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure its learning provision aligns with the region’s Strategic Economic Plan and builds skills in key sectors, such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction, health and life sciences and professional business services.

Furthermore, Education Partnership North East offers continuous professional development, commercial training, work experience and industry placements, and live business projects to benefit students, ensuring they are more employable.

Iain Nixon, vice principal of partnerships and commercial at Education Partnership North East, says: “Apprentices are hugely valuable to businesses who have the opportunity to mould talented and enthusiastic individuals to meet the specific needs of their companies.

“We are committed to creating better jobs and providing work-ready individuals with the right skills to step into those roles, through the creation of new roles or by upskilling the current workforce.

“Our relationships with local employers are key to us fulfilling this role.

“Apprenticeships are versatile and can be adapted to meet the needs of almost any business and offer both an entry level route into skilled employment and an opportunity to upskill and develop experienced employees.

“As a progressive organisation, we’re making a demonstrable difference to the region’s economy, local businesses, and to the lives of the young people who come to us to gain the necessary skills to progress to an advanced level of study, apprenticeships, higher education or into meaningful employment, and we – and they – have a bright future as a result.”

For many of Education Partnership North East’s partner companies, apprentices and trainees are a key part of their workforce planning and it is highly recognised that apprentices provide significant benefits to businesses, as well as having a strong impact on productivity.

According to a report carried out by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, apprentices, while training, are estimated to result in a positive net gain to employers of, on average, £1670 per apprentice.

Currently, Education Partnership North East has more than 1400 apprentices on programmes across the business community, and works in partnership with more than 600 employers, including South Tyneside Council, Esh Construction, Sunderland Home Care, AkzoNobel, Bernicia, Alnwick Gardens, Persimmon, Marelli and Durham University.

Furthermore, around 97 per cent of apprentices remain in employment at the end of their programme, many with the same employer.

Sunderland College

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