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Teesside University Assignments Office Chairs

Teesside University

With a rich history going back more than 80 years, Teesside University is a business-facing institution offering a range of subjects from animation to law, business and health to media and forensic science

Professor Jane Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement) told us: “Collaboration between higher education, business and industry is key in developing the mechanisms that create jobs, stimulate growth, drive innovation and build the talent, thus ensuring the prosperity of our region.

“The university is therefore playing a leading role in the following ways: firstly, we are working with key stakeholders to identify the scale-up businesses in the region. We have above average numbers of scale-ups in the Tees Valley, compared to other LEP regions and are therefore centred upon ensuring that, once identified, these businesses will receive targeted support.

“We have just launched our Centre for Professional and Executive Development in Darlington which is delivering a suite of continuous professional development, ensuring access to employers and individuals to up-skill or re-skill, therefore impacting upon business growth. And our recently launched DigitalCity – Catalyst for Growth strategy sets out an ambitious five-point plan for the region to become recognised for the superior digital capability of its businesses.

“Working closely with employers, we are also delivering a suite of higher and degree apprenticeships, making sure that employers are best placed to invest in their staff when the apprenticeship levy starts in April 2017. We place significant focus and attention on ensuring regional businesses can access amazing talent and experience first-hand the impact that employing a graduate in a ‘graduate level job’ can have on a business.”

TTE Technical Training Group

The TTE Technical Training Group is a management and training organisation offering engineering apprenticeships and pre-16 programmes

Managing director Steve Grant said: “The turnaround in attitude and confidence since the closure of the SSI site has been little short of astonishing. While it reaffirms the indomitable spirit that has always existed on Teesside, it is also a reflection of the innovation and creative approach to business that is making the area so buoyant currently. We also have a very close-knit business community, which collaborates well to overcome challenges and exploit opportunities.

“TTE is very much at the heart of that community and is dedicated to supporting the development of skills, through the training of young people and the upskilling or reskilling of adults, to ensure the area remains competitive.

“The TTE model of reinvesting the surpluses from our commercial training and consultancy in the training of local people has proven to be an effective way of maximising the opportunities to upskills this area. In addition, having a high quality training provider that is held in high esteem by companies such as Shell, BP and Northumbrian Water helps attract other businesses that can be confident the area has a strong training infrastructure to support their operations and workforce development.

“We are also working with companies to help them understand and benefit from the Apprenticeship Levy, which, although is still generating some uncertainty among employers, will prove to be a real benefit for the development of the future workforce.”

Active Chartered Financial Planners

Active Chartered Financial Planners was formed in 2000 and is now regarded as one of the region’s leading firms of financial planners

Karl Pemberton, managing director, told us: “It would be fair to say that Teesside has had a rough ride in recent generations in terms of employment, with the significant loss of our traditional industries like steel. If you were to believe all you see and read in some national media, you would assume that that situation is still true of today, but how wrong could they be.

“I believe the area is now looking forward rather than backwards and there is real ingenuity being shown. Our education bodies, from secondary schools, colleges and universities, are now completely switched on towards creating the next generation of workers and business leaders and as such, many more businesses are being created. These businesses are creating jobs, and they are being created in Teesside.

“Active has certainly benefitted from this in recent years, so much so that we decided to base our entire business from a Teesside hub, supporting the entire North-east and Yorkshire regions, rather than opening secondary offices both north and south of the region.

“Teesside has given us a perfect opportunity to grow, and long may it continue.”

Coast & Country

Coast & Country is the largest registered housing provider in Redcar and Cleveland, with a stock of more than 10,000 properties

Chief executive Iain Sim said: “Coast & Country is much more than a landlord. We feel strongly that as one of Redcar & Cleveland’s biggest stakeholders, we should support our communities to develop and thrive.

“We do this in lots of ways, and providing employment, education, training and partnering opportunities are just some of them. Our region has gone through a very tough time but through it all the resilience and determination of its people has shone through, good news is starting to filter through and we are proud that through projects like the Youth Employment Initiative and our Westfield Farm community resource, Coast & Country has played and will continue to play a role in supporting people into training or work.”

UK Steel Enterprise

UK Steel Enterprise is the subsidiary of Tata Steel tasked with helping the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry

Area manager Sarah Thorpe of UK Steel Enterprise told The Gazette: “Our bottom line is about job creation and we are committed to supporting businesses with sound expansion projects and strong management teams that will bring more jobs to Teesside.

“We are confident that our support for new and growing businesses will continue to create new jobs for Teesside.

“We have a track record of more than four decades of success in supporting businesses in steel areas and have now backed around 1,230 businesses in the Northern region alone, helping them to create 17,000 jobs.

“In recent months UK Steel Enterprise has made a number of investments, including £100,000 to BMM Heaters, which has ambitious plans to expand and increase its 25-strong skilled workforce, and has a turnover heading towards £3m.

“It invested £430,000 in bigger premises in Redcar to house new equipment and additional staff and the UK Steel Enterprise investment came from its Growth Fund, backed by the government’s Regional Growth Fund. It is one of the UKSE-backed companies that show the strength of Teesside’s business sector and its future potential.”

SABIC

Ranked among the world’s largest petrochemicals manufacturers, SABIC has operations in over 50 countries with a global workforce of more than 40,000

John Bruijnooge, its site director at Teesside, said: “We are convinced that having professional, motivated and qualified colleagues is the key to competing in the marketplace and that although technology can be bought, people make the real difference in the end.

“With the ‘go live’ of SABIC’s gas cracking project, the company’s future on Teesside is secure for decades ahead and therefore longer term workforce planning is very important. It is important as we continue to prepare for the future; we use our demographic data to understand our recruitment and development requirements.

“On an annual basis SABIC sponsors around 40 apprentices. We are also very pleased to be in the position to recruit a number of permanent process technicians across our North Tees and Wilton Plants.

“Our apprentices and colleagues who have worked to support the gas cracking projects, are amongst those who will be given the opportunity to apply for the permanent positions.

“We are very proud of our approach to succession planning and career management, and actively encourage our colleagues to take on new areas of responsibilities by rotating them into new roles or providing assignment opportunities all of which help individuals build a career within SABIC in the UK and abroad.

“We have close links with local schools and colleges and have a number of colleagues who are STEM Ambassadors who are able to use their experience to pass on to students and provide an insight to a career in our sector.”

Darlington Building Society

Darlington Building Society is an independent, member-driven building society dedicated to making a genuine difference to its communities

Chief Executive Colin Fyfe said: “We take development and investment in our staff very seriously. In 2016 alone for an organisation of our size with 120 employees we dedicated over 400 hours to individual training courses. We are very passionate about growing from within and in 2016 a total of 26 employees either took alternative roles through development or promotion. We are dedicated to developing talent in our local areas and have supported many secondary schools work experience programmes and both primary and secondary schools with financial education programmes. I am also proud to say we launched the society’s first Institute of Leadership and Management programme with Middlesbrough College in 2016 and this continues to run into 2017 with 24 participants. We are also working readily with the Building Societies Association and other external training providers to launch our own apprenticeship programme within 2017.

Wilton International

Wilton International is a 2,000 acre site which has become one of the UK’s most important locations for process industry manufacturing

Stephen Hands, Site Director of Sembcorp Utilities UK, which provides the all-important utilities and services to site companies and plays a major site development role, said: “Three major developments which will have a transformative effect on the site on Teesside have taken major steps forward in the past year.

“Petrochemicals giant SABIC is currently completing a multi-million pound upgrade to its Wilton Cracker which will secure the future of the plant and hundreds of its workers for decades to come. The project involves the conversion of the plant to take an ethane feedstock as well as the renovation of much of SABIC’s existing infrastructure across the site.

“On-site supplies of power, steam and other utilities and services enjoyed by energy intensive chemical firms including SABIC, Lotte Chemical and Huntsman have now been supplemented by the £250 million SITA-operated Wilton 11 energy from waste facility which has been feeding into the site since the turn of the year.

“With early work on the £2 billion Sirius Minerals York Potash development near Whitby now underway, Wilton is gearing up for the development of an associated polyhalite processing plant and the revamping of a significant section of the Tees harbourfront.

“Another firm in the minerals processing sector, Australia- based Peak Resources, has announced plans to locate a £70 million refinery on a section of the former nylon works area at Wilton and with the number of development enquiries on the former ICI site having increased in the past year, further energy-related development may be on the horizon.”

AV Dawson

AV Dawson has been operating in the Teesside area for more than 78 years offering a unique range of logistics services across road, rail, land and sea

Louise Croce, AV Dawson’s head of human resources said: “As a large freight terminal we have some expensive infrastructure, but as clichéd as it may sound, we recognise that it’s our people that make the difference. We have strong family values and an extremely loyal workforce, so we don’t tend to have issues with staff retention but we do consider long term succession; up skilling people for the roles we need them to do in the future.

“Last year, the business launched the AV Dawson Skills Academy; an internal programme to support the development of colleagues across the business. We have a Leadership & Management Institute-accredited leadership programme to improve the capabilities of our managers and to identify future leaders across the business and we’re also providing a range of NVQ and apprenticeship programmes; from administration and accountancy to heavy-vehicle maintenance and warehousing.

“The opportunity for colleagues to get involved in the support we are providing to schools, colleges and the university is enhancing our own employees’ roles and providing them with further development opportunities. It’s also enabling us to inspire and build relationships with some great young people, some of whom I’m fully expecting to see knocking on our door in the very near future.”

“The last three years has seen the company grow by over 30% as a result of significant investment in its infrastructure. A rail-terminal for containers with a direct link to the East Coast Mainline, a deep-water berth to accommodate larger ships on AV Dawson’s quay and a state-of-the-art warehouse for automotive steel were all part of a £12.5m investment strategy.”

Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College is unique in the region, in delivering courses in every occupational sector area and at every level, from entry level all the way through to level 7 including postgraduate qualifications.

College Principal and Chief Executive Zoe Lewis said: “Here in the Tees Valley we have great opportunities through devolution to start to flex and adapt our adult retraining programmes to have more value for our local employers and to bridge the skills gaps already present in the higher age brackets of our organisations.

“However, much of this policy relies on employers valuing training and resisting the inevitable temptation just ‘to pay more now’ to have someone experienced and ready to do the job with little supervision versus a longer term solution to invest in a talent pipeline and ensure a ready -made supply of employees.

“At the Northern Skills Group (the employer training arm of Middlesbrough College), we are working with so many employers who are taking that approach and we hope that their confidence in the people of the Tees Valley will rub off and our economy will strengthen as a result.

“Meanwhile the government hopes that a new Apprenticeship Levy (due for roll out in April) which will place a 0.5% tax bill on large employers (with a pay bill over £3m), will start to change both the levels of investment in training seen in the UK by employers (which has declined to an all-time low over the last twenty years) and also start to reverse the growing numbers of young people exiting education with degrees and large levels of student debt, and finding themselves underemployed in non-graduate jobs for too long afterwards due to their relative lack of experience.”

Nifco

Nifco operates from more than 30 sites across the world - including at Durham Lane in Eaglescliffe - manufacturing and selling automotive plastic components which can be found in many different vehicles.

Managing Director Mike Matthews MBE, believes that the importance of training has stepped up a notch.

As the journey towards Brexit begins to unfold, the Darlington-born former apprentice believes that it is the key to the country’s economic stability.

He said: “We are going to have to be able to work harder and do more than our European counterparts, and put ourselves on a level playing field to make sure that regardless of the terms of our exit, we are able to compete effectively.

“People are the batteries that power a business. All of the other parts may be ready and able to work, but without the charge that people bring, it’s futile. And the best businesses employ the best people. It’s not just about attracting the best though, it’s about developing the best people; it’s about training them and nurturing their talent.

“We must create a compelling offer to show businesses overseas why they should trade with the UK. And the key to that is being the best at what we do, and ultimately, that comes down to our great people. We have talent in spades. We have that raw potential and work ethic that drives on the best people. Now though, we need to see our people made stronger, through investment from their employers.

“We need to be better; more efficient, more effective than anywhere else, so that we make trading here so irresistible that whatever conditions lie ahead, working with British business remains the smart choice.”

Jacksons

Jacksons was established in 1876 and is now one of the longest established law firms in the North East of England, with offices in Newcastle and Teesside

Managing Partner Jane Armitage told The Gazette: “At Jacksons we have seen a significant increase in instructions over the last year or so into our Teesside office, especially to our commercial property team. This is extremely good news for the area as these instructions tell us that businesses in the area are doing deals, getting new business opportunities and expanding. This is bound to lead to new jobs as every new shop, warehouse, office will be filled with people.

“We have also seen many businesses embracing the opportunities that taking on apprentices provide. As a firm we are currently training our second apprentice in office administration and are delighted to be able to offer this programme which gives us the chance to train someone from the beginning of their career and to decide which areas of work suits him or her best.

“Additionally we are a training firm for solicitors and paralegals - many of the partners in the firm started their careers at Jacksons and some of our administration staff have worked for the firm in excess of 45 years so we are definitely building for our future!

“With so much business activity at the moment we are also very conscious of our responsibility to assist businesses in this, both through practical legal advice but also through our seminar programmes. It is very exciting to feel such positive vibes in the area at present and we must all work hard to ensure that these not only remain but grow.”

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Tees Valley Combined Authority unites the five local authorities - Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton - on key decisions that affect Tees Valley, helping to accelerate economic growth.

Shona Duncan, Head of Education, Employment and Skills at Tees Valley Combined Authority said: “One of the key elements to supporting businesses to grow and thrive in Tees Valley is to ensure that a ready and skilled workforce is available to businesses when they require it. Working with businesses to plan their future workforce requirements is key alongside ensuring young people and residents plan their education and skills development to maximise these new opportunities. The devolving of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers to the Combined Authority has created significant opportunities for our smaller employers, in that we can be more flexible with the eligibility and features of a local scheme to make it available to as many Tees Valley businesses as possible and ultimately create more apprenticeships.

“The AGE scheme supports small businesses to help them employ apprentices aged 16-24 years with funding of up to £2,500 per individual for some positions in the construction, design, digital and ICT and engineering sectors.

“We are working with partners to increase the opportunities available for employers across Tees Valley to help individuals into work, and to benefit themselves from financial and practical support.

“One of the aims of the Tees Valley Combined Authority is to increase educational attainment, produce the skilled workforce that businesses need and increase lifetime opportunities for our residents.

“More than 35 employees have volunteered from local businesses to be Careers and Enterprise Advisors that work with schools on a one-to-one basis to help inform and support students developing their future career prospects, as well as supporting the development of a strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement.”

PD Ports

Based in Middlesbrough, PD Ports operates Teesport, a major deep-water complex and one of the largest container ports in the North of England

CEO David Robinson told The Gazette: “Collaboration will prove to be a key component in the skills agenda. We all need to be realistic in the approach to tackling the issues around skills and that includes everyone from Government to schools, businesses to general public.

“We should be identifying areas of high-growth jobs such as chemicals, logistics, energy and advanced manufacturing. We need to be aligning educational pathways with industry requirements as well as raising aspirations and creating employment opportunities.

“In recent years we have co-founded the High Tide Foundation which aims to open young people’s minds to the industries on their doorstep and demystify what the maritime sector is all about.

At PD Ports we also have a proud history of offering apprenticeships as a means of recruiting new talent - around 45 per cent of the Teesport engineering workforce have come through the business as apprentices. We want to offer a career as opposed to a job. We want to be in a position where if an employee wants to work in a different department and retrain, we can support them with that. If they are the right fit and have something about them that they want to develop we can provide the training to make their careers a success.”

North Star

With a base at Thornaby, the North Star housing association provides affordable housing and develops new homes across the Tees Valley, North Yorkshire and County Durham

Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive told The Gazette: “At North Star we are committed to creating homes and building futures; for our tenants, the wider community and the region. We recognise the need to work closely with local schools, colleges, universities and community groups to help improve training and employment opportunities across Teesside.

“Bright and talented young people are vital to the long-term success and sustainability of the Tees Valley economy and this is why we work so closely with as many educational services as possible. We have recently begun working with the Outwood Academy schools on their Future Generation Project, which is designed to help give young people the opportunity to engage directly with employers by participating in a range of activities and events. We also have established links with the Princes Trust programme in Stockton, offering support through work placements, mock interviews and community projects.

“We think it is vital that young people gain such valuable insight and interaction with employers so that they can start thinking about their career path and job opportunities earlier. If organisations across the Tees Valley created more direct links with education we could really work together to build confidence and teach students the vital employability skills they need to become work ready.

“We don’t just invest our time and energy into young peoples’ services across the region; we also offer several training opportunities to help everyone at every stage. We support regular job clubs, and work with organisations to provide essential employability training.

“For the region to continue to grow and succeed, employers really need to look closely at their community engagement activities and the support they are giving local people to gain valuable and lasting employability skills.”

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