The TTE Technical Training Group is addressing the skills gap by welcoming 145 new learners onto programmes at its training centre in Middlesbrough.
This new intake will join 100 learners entering their second year at TTE and groups of industry-sponsored apprentices who are undertaking the workshop-based elements of their programmes.
In total, TTE is currently supporting more than 580 learners and apprentices currently at different stages of their training.
The new intake is embarking on Vocational Study Programmes in chemical process and engineering disciplines including electrical, instrumentation, mechanical, machining and fabrication/welding.
They will spend two years at the South Bank-based organisation working with the organisation’s expert trainers who also deliver TTE’s upskilling programmes for international companies such as BP, Shell and Marathon Oil.
Utilising TTE’s industry-standard training facilities, the learners will gain invaluable practical skills and respected vocational qualifications, which are delivered in a safety-focused environment.
Steve Grant, managing director of TTE, said: “The attitude and enthusiasm of our new intake reinforces the interest in careers in industry among young people on Teesside. Industry in this area, and around the world, is evolving and with new emerging and developing sectors creating opportunities for engineering and process sector-based careers that will be open to our learners.
“The number of learners and apprentices going through TTE demonstrates the important role we are playing in supporting the skills agenda and we’re keen to increase numbers to further meet the requirements of employers.
“With an increased level of support from industry companies that are investing in the North East and Teesside, and therefore their future workforces, we can increase the opportunities for more local young people and take a step further to closing the skills gap.”