Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Entering the skills gap is our priority

THE skills gap and youth unemployment remains a major life issues in our region. Business committed to training and development of young people - as shown by the 84% increase in our region began an internship.

We need to take advantage of this to help create jobs for our youth and our region address the skills gap.

NECC has made a public commitment to encourage companies to work more closely with community education to help solve this problem.

Our priority skills build on Bridging the Gap report identifies skills gaps exist.

Core literacy, numeracy and communication skills are considered to be less and work skills.

Last Tuesday, the host NECC Bridging Skills Gap event in partnership with Gateshead College and the University of Teesside. The ground-breaking event held at Gateshead College Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation.

The name of this place can not exactly roll off the tongue, but its existence provides a clear example of the benefits of collaboration and demonstrates the success of achieving the same shot at Gateshead College and Nissan with their longstanding partnerships.

Gateshead College collaborative relationship with Nissan showcased in the organization of new recruits for existing employees.

This partnership has enabled each organization to stay on the cutting edge of their field. Obviously good advert for what can be achieved.

Nissan also highlights examples concerned the skills gap. The company will have to find new members from Eastern Europe because it has to meet the skills required in the North East.

Concrete examples needed to galvanize the region to take action and meet the skills gap now.

The Teesside University Simpsongroup showcased the partnership through knowledge transfer program - a three-way partnership between companies, graduates and academic staff at the university.

Knowledge transfer for businesses and universities. Again, this is a mutually beneficial relationship. With this latest partnership with Teesside University, Simpsongroup has developed a new IT system that enables diversification.

We are offering to push the agenda of skills and make a positive difference in the economy of the North East. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve.

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