Semta sets the skills agenda

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LEADING employers from across Wearside are backing moves to keep the North East at the forefront of growth and job creation from new technologies and the low carbon agenda.

Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing, is working to bring employers, stakeholders and local government together with the vision of eliminating the region’s skills gaps by 2017.

Nissan and Liebherr Cranes were among firms attending an event at the Stadium of Light, at which Semta chief executive Philip Whiteman outlined a new strategy to support growth, improve skills and promote engineering and manufacturing careers: “This region is trailblazing a skills strategy like no other around the UK.

“The first priority is to increase the number of companies taking on apprentices,” he said.

“Only 25 per cent of companies in the North East take on apprentices.

“We need at least another 100 companies.”

Businesses in the region needing skills help should call Semta’s customer services on 0845 643 9001.