Middlesbrough College acquires NECC Training

Middlesbrough College acquires NECC Training

Middlesbrough College has acquired the training arm of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) in a move that is set to revolutionise training provision across the North East.

NECC Training currently delivers around 1,000 apprenticeships each year across the region in fields like engineering, professional services and dental nursing.

Similarly, Middlesbrough College delivers around 1,000 apprentices supporting technical, professional and service industries and is keen to invest further as the country prepares for the arrival of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Together, the training arm will become one of the largest apprenticeship providers in the North of England and will provide capacity to develop broader services such as bespoke workforce development solutions, higher apprenticeships, traineeships, grant support for businesses and a continued focus on quality professional education.

James Ramsbotham, chief executive of NECC, said: “NECC campaigns strongly for improvements in the delivery of skills for North East businesses, which is a key focus of our members.

“The decision to sell NECC Training was not taken lightly, but our board agrees this move offers the best possible future for both our core membership business and NECC Training.

“In Middlesbrough College, NECC is confident that we have found a training provider that shares our commitment to the North East business community and who will provide the infrastructure and support needed to ensure this business is fit for purpose in in the years ahead.”

Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College, said: “This marks a significant milestone in the college’s development as we welcome the 70 NECC training staff into the Middlesbrough College group.

“NECC Training is a perfect fit for Middlesbrough College as we continue to adapt, expand and bespoke our training solutions and continue to support the LEPs and Combined Authorities with their inward investment training needs.

“Our aim is to offer tailored, high quality solutions which ensure we are the first choice for employers seeking skills in the North East.”

Middlesbrough College has invested £20m in the last three years in the development of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) training facilities and programmes to ensure that it has both the capability and capacity to respond to the training needs of businesses across the North East.

The investment has also enabled the College to respond the recent closure of SSI in Redcar where Middlesbrough College has provided an extended suite of training and development programmes for more than 2000 people affected.   


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