Driving business growth in the region – Matt’s the man for the job

September 10, 2021

Meet Matt Telling – he’s the new face behind Middlesbrough College Group, which comprises a core further education college, the technical skills training provider TTE and the apprenticeship training specialist Northern Skills Group.


Matt Telling is the new group director of business engagement and partnerships, and steps into the role at a time when business in the region is booming.

From renewable energy to high-tech mining and much more in between, Middlesbrough College Group is the skills engine fuelling Tees Valley’s ambitious employers, and Matt sees his first task as identifying new ways to help employers and students take advantage of the opportunities available.

Although new to the education sector, Matt has worked in recruitment for more than 20 years, and his roles in operational management and business development have seen him work for regional SMEs and large multi-nationals.

He says: “This may be my first foray into the education sector but I’m very much up for the challenge.

“I’ve forged close relationships with some of this region’s biggest employers, and I know their strengths and opportunities.

“Through my commercial experience, local knowledge and network of contacts across a range of sectors, I’m well positioned to support not only the businesses looking to build or improve their workforces, but also the learners that want to build high quality careers in the industries driving Tees Valley’s success.”

Originally from Wales, Matt moved to Middlesbrough in 2006 and has since built a name for himself in the region. Now at Middlesbrough College, he is tasked with developing the employer engagement and partnerships strategy.

He says: “We already engage with more than two thousand employers across the group, which includes Northern Skills Group and TTE, and a significant part of my role will be to develop these relationships even further.

“I must say that I feel somewhat at an advantage as the college is constantly innovating, developing new services and building on what we already deliver.

“This means there’s always more we can be doing to help employers in the region.

“Middlesbrough College Group has a strong reputation, and its facilities are second-to-none.

“The college has already announced £20 million of investment into its campus – including a new Digital Centre, Construction Centre and expansion of its already impressive STEM Centre.

“That is in addition to its role as the Tees Valley delivery partner in the North East Institute of Technology (IoT) – one of only a handful of such institutes in the country that bring together further education providers, universities and employers.

“Through the IoT, its T Levels offering and more, Middlesbrough College Group is providing the skills underpinning the region’s success, and I feel privileged to be part of it.

“There’s lots happening here – it’s a special place with a real feeling of community and ambition.”

Matt joins a passionate team who already work with employers across the region, to help shape the curriculum and ensure courses are tailored for the needs of businesses, ultimately improving employment outcomes and meeting commercial aims.

He adds: “The college boasts an unrivalled team of industry-experienced teachers, first-class facilities and courses designed in partnership with employers.

“We’re also closely aligned to significant opportunities in regional developments, including the Teesworks and freeport developments in the Tees Valley, and in the burgeoning digital sector, for example.

“We’re ambitious and are committed to playing a major role in creating even more opportunities.”

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