Doors open on a £20m STEM Centre opportunity

Doors open on a £20m STEM Centre opportunity

College raises the bar in helping companies to find and encourage the right candidates to be trained up for the future workforce. Peter Jackson reports.

Within weeks the doors will open on a new £20m STEM Centre at Middlesbrough College to provide training in science, technology, engineering and maths. The college says that the centre has been designed by industry for industry and boasts a genuine industrial environment which is the only one of its kind in the North East.

The centre will offer bespoke training to those already working in industry and experts will also train a new generation of apprentices.

Middlesbrough College is already a leading provider of apprenticeships in the Tees Valley but it intends “to raise the bar’’. Andy Buckworth, executive director of STEM, says: “It’s a proven way of helping someone learn a skilled trade, and many companies and learners qualify for financial help when taking on an apprentice.

“At Middlesbrough College, employers are guided through every step of the process –
from recruiting the right candidate to making sure they receive the right training.”

The college has established relationships with companies across the North East and says it is geared up to make the process as smooth as possible for employers and apprentices.
The college team has more than 10 years’ experience of providing apprenticeship training.

Those businesses which are struggling to make ends meet right are also urged to consider apprenticeships. Buckworth adds: “Even in difficult times like these, apprenticeships are a vital way of improving the skills of staff and generating a committed and valuable workforce. “When times are tough, competition for contracts is even tougher.

“That’s when a keen and motivated extra pair of hands could make a real difference to your chances of success for now and the long term future.

“Apprentices can also help your businesses to be ready for when the economy comes out of recession.

“By offering a flexible resource that can help your business grow, apprentices can also give you a competitive advantage to exploit new business growth opportunities.”