Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Inspiring a New Generation

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Inspiring a New Generation

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For the process industry to continue to thrive, thousands of new recruits are needed.

Today Karen McLauchlan looks at work taking place in the Tees Valley to inspire a new generation of scientists.

Billions of pounds of investment could be in the pipeline for Tees Valley's process industry - creating 20,000 jobs in the years to come.

So recruiting new talent to the industry isn't just important - it's essential.

Organisations such as the North East Process Industry Cluster and Teesside training company the TTE Technical Training Group are hard at work inspiring a new generation.

"The industry currently needs around 1,000 new apprentices," said Stan Higgins, chief executive of NEPIC.

"We really need to get the message across that there are great careers to be had in this industry."

NEPIC has already launched a special DVD to encourage more 14 to 19-year-olds to consider a career in the process industry. A version aimed at graduates is to be launched soon.

"The message is starting to get through," added Dr Higgins.

"In past years we've had apprenticeship schemes which we've struggled to fill. This year the same course is over-subscribed."

Work is also under way to bring a National Skills Academy for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industry to the North-east.

An announcement is due in the near future from the Department for Education and Skills about the Process Industry National Skills Academy - PINSA.

Dr Higgins added: "PINSA will help the industry ensure the highest standard of skill training needed by this science and engineering-based sector.

"We're very hopeful the academy will be based here in the Tees Valley. It would raise the profile of the industry."

The TTE Technical Training Group was set up 17 years ago.

Originally established as a joint venture company and owned by ICI and British Steel, it became independent in 1999 and has continued to grow and develop its programme of training. …

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