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South Tyneside and Sunderland partnerships to create 5,000 skilled jobs

Published: Saturday, 08 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

An agreement between education providers and regional councils in the north east of England could potentially create more than 5,000 advanced manufacturing jobs.

A joint-agreement has been struck by Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council with the University of Sunderland, Sunderland College and South Tyneside College to ensure that there are enough skilled workers for the proposed International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).

The project – which has been designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – is expected to bring a predicted £295 million in private sector investment alongside the creation of more than 5,200 jobs by 2026/27.

As a result, there is now an understanding in place with education providers to ensure they do all they can to equip young people with the skills required to work at the site.

The University of Sunderland is putting significant investment into its facilities and curriculum in order to ensure those that graduates leave with the higher-level skills that employers need to thrive.

Long-term strategic plan

Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We absolutely recognise the importance of a long-term strategic plan to deliver the skilled people we will need to ensure this park is sustainable for many, many years to come.” 

The park is set to be a 100-hectare site for advanced manufacturing, and will be in a prime location for new offshore manufacturing businesses, logistics and automotive companies.

The partnership hopes to be the catalyst behind young people leaving education with robust skills and an innovative support structure so they can work in a very important sector.

Lindsey Whiterod, South Tyneside College's principal and chief executive, hopes that they will be able to capitalise on the strong levels of manufacturing and engineering experience that already exist within the region.

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