Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Control over Our Own Destiny

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Control over Our Own Destiny

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STEVE GRANT (above) managing director of TTE Technical Training Group, said: "Teesside has always defied the expectations of those from outside the area, and devolution presents another opportunity for our politicians, businesses and communities to forge a new path that will encourage future prosperity.

"Placing education and skills at the heart of the devolution deal, which will be the responsibility of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, working with a soon-to-be-elected Mayor, is very significant and can be the catalyst for some positive developments that will improve the social and economic standing of the area.

"People have always been Teesside's greatest asset and, whether they are working in the region or around the world, its skilled workers are a source of immense pride for the area.

In fact, many of those working in industry have been trained by TTE, which has been at the centre of the skills agenda on Teesside for more than 25 years.

"There is no doubt that increased devolved powers for the area can have a substantial influence on how we train our young people and develop the skills of our existing workforce.

"Working with highly-experienced and knowledgeable training providers, such as TTE, the Mayor and Combined Authority can ensure this area has a local workforce with an international reputation.

"Through our charitable status and our commitment to reinvesting the surpluses generated by our UK and international commercial activities, TTE has consistently trained hundreds of local young people every year to support the workforce development of local employers.

"In addition, we provide upskilling and reskilling programmes to help develop the area's existing workforce, something we did, most notably, working with the Combined Authority, to support workers who had been made redundant from the SSI steelworks.

"This commitment has been an essential part of TTE's role in helping to sustain quality industry on Teesside, which is evolving to remain relevant and competitive in domestic and global markets."

ANGELA LOCKWOOD, chief executive of social housing group North Star, said giving power to the regions was a key move: "The UK has long been one of the most centralised developed economies in the world. …

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