Businesses and education unite for innovation

A FORUM that brings together businesses and education providers will meet again this week.

Northumberland College Employment and Skills Forum was set up in the autumn with the aim of fostering better relations between private and public sector employees and education and training providers.

The initiative, which is part of a Government pilot programme running in the North East, has now established seven advisory groups for priority industry sectors, comprising construction, engineering, land-based industry, IT and business, leisure, creative and life sciences.

The latest meeting follows discussions within those groups.

Business, community and skills leaders across the region are invited to take part in the forum, which will explore innovative ways of working.

Guest speakers will include Professor Roy Sandbach, who will focus on innovating for growth.

College Principal and Chief Executive Stuart Cutforth said: “As a college we aim to ensure our curriculum programmes suit local labour markets and priority sectors.

“Our Employment and Skills Forum aims to encourage partnership working and innovation amongst organisations.”

Northumberland College is the largest training provider in the county, offering more than 40 flexible apprenticeship frameworks and working with more than 700 businesses across the North East.

The forum meets at Kirkley Hall near Ponteland tomorrow, from 8.30am.

Anyone wishing to find out more or who would like to join the group should visit for information.