Caterpillar Peterlee to help plug skills gap

Caterpillar Peterlee to help plug skills gap

Greg Robson, who is the training manager at Caterpillar Peterlee, has been matched with The Academy at Shotton Hall as part of the North East LEP’s Enterprise Adviser initiative which aims to bridge the gap between business and education in the region.

Greg is one of the first Enterprise Advisers in the North East, who are each working with a different school or college to help shape the careers guidance and advice offered to young people in the region.

“The Enterprise Adviser initiative linked perfectly with what we’re trying to achieve at Caterpillar,” explained Greg, who is responsible for staff development and training at the company’s Peterlee site.

“It’s about opening the door to a career path for young people, allowing them to find out more about the workplace and the careers available to them.”

The North East LEP’s Enterprise Advisers are all leading figures in North East business. They will be working with senior management teams in schools to assist in developing careers programmes that help young people make more informed career choices and support a successful transition into the world of work.

Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

“There’s a host of good careers available for young people in the engineering and manufacturing industries including HR and training, finance, welding and assembly,” said Greg.

“Working with schools is something that Caterpillar is passionate about and through the Enterprise Adviser initiative we can encourage students to think about careers both in this industry and other sectors.”

Since being appointed as an Enterprise Adviser six weeks ago, Greg has already met with senior staff at the school and put together a detailed plan based on where the school currently is in terms of its careers provision, aiming to embed careers guidance and employer engagement into the curriculum.

The North East LEP is now seeking more of the region’s business leaders to step forward and offer their industry expertise as part of the Enterprise Adviser initiative. There are more than 20 schools already signed up to the programme, located throughout the region, from Berwick to Durham.

Greg said: “At the end of the day it’s our future employees. It’s important to put something back locally and the North East industry needs to get involved and bridge the gap between schools and the workplace.”

More details on the Enterprise Adviser initiative and how to apply can be found at www.northeastlep.co.uk