Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How Lessons from Yorkshire Could Pay off in North East; ADRIAN PEARSON on Plans the North East Has for Skills Funding

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How Lessons from Yorkshire Could Pay off in North East; ADRIAN PEARSON on Plans the North East Has for Skills Funding

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THE North East already has ambitious skills plans. A recent review of the region's economy placed greater control over skills funding at the centre of the battle to improve the area.

Lord Adonis's review included a target for the region's councils and businesses on the local enterprise partnership to work together to improve the effectiveness of skills investment, with doubling advanced level youth apprenticeships over the next three years, as an urgent priority.

Leaders will also have to set out how European jobs cash can be better spent providing better training for the region's workforces.

But the most important part of his recommendation to Government will see ministers asked to devolve skills funding, based on the Sheffield Model, to Skills North East, in return for a big increase in the quantity and quality of youth apprenticeships.

In Sheffield ministers handed over a multi-million pound skills budget as part of the council's city deal. …

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