Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

College Is Here to Help Employers with the Right Skills

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

College Is Here to Help Employers with the Right Skills

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TRAINING designed by employers for employers is available right on the doorstep of companies in the Tees Valley.

Middlesbrough College's expert team is calling on companies from across the area to talk to them - no matter how niche their needs - about the skills required in their workforces.

It's part of the college's longstanding drive to tune its activities to the needs of regional employers and cement its place as the go-to training provider.

Ahead of the Apprenticeship Levy's introduction in April 2017, experienced managers are on hand to guide companies as to how they can achieve maximum benefit from the Levy for their organisation.

Liz Swainston, commercial sales manager at The STEM Training Centre, explained the training on offer.

She said: "We know training and apprenticeships inside out and are working with businesses across the region to reshape their workforce development strategies and plans in the light of apprenticeship reforms and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

"We also work with businesses to source funding support, business development, delivering courses that respond to specific commercial needs.

"Our fundamental aim is to enhance the region's economic competitiveness by directly aligning our offer to the skills requirements of employers."

Advice and guidance is also available for employers on apprenticeship solutions to boost work-based competency, professional accreditations and progression into full employment. The college's approach is driven by its 40-strong STEM Advisory Board, made up of senior representatives from businesses working in a broad range of industries across the region.

For the last five years, the Advisory Board has shaped the development of training solutions, determining the college's investment in facilities and the development of industry specialisms to service local business needs. …

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