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Digital Skills Training
"Unlocking Digital Skills for North East Businesses" aims to support the development and upskilling of digital skills to existing workforces across a range of industries, with a particular focus on Manufacturing. W
University of Sunderland
NE Skills Engine
Developing courses that are driven by employers to increase productivity and prepare for participation in the Northern Powerhouse
NE Skills Engine
Creative & Cultural Skills Apprenticeships Advice
This scheme offers information and guidance on all apprenticeship matters, from Government policy through to the employment and management of apprentices.
Creative and Cultural Skills
Semta works hand in hand with policy makers and opinion formers to advise on skills and education policy and help create the optimum environment for sector skills to thrive.
IT-Based Skills Development
IT training and networking events and support for North East business owners
Dynamo North East
North East Skills Sharing
The North East Skills Sharing website is a portal to support, encourage and promote skills sharing between local businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the North East.
Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland
Coding, Design and Digital Marketing Skills
Offering training in tech, data, design, business, and other areas
CMI LEVELS 3, 5 AND 7 - COACHING AND MENTORING
Whether you are just starting out in management or are responsible for implementing policies within your organisation, our qualifications will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to get the best from your team.
Chartered Management Institute
Gateshead College offer free training which is delivered through a partnership of colleges, training providers and specialists in business support.
Tyne North Training Apprentice
Guidance and support for achieving a successful apprenticeship programme.
Tyne North Training
Dynamo North East
Dynamo is a volunteer led group set up with the core mission to ‘Grow the North East IT Economy’ through collaboration, innovation, skills. We are a voice for the sector regionally and nationally and we generate &lsquo
Free adult courses
Are you looking to help your team to develop new skills while they’re working from home? Perhaps you want to help your employees look after their mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time?
At a time you may need it most, you’ll find unparalleled depth and breadth – with new courses and functionality added every day.
Training and Recruitment - TyneMet
Skills and qualifications that employers and industry need to ensure that you can compete in the global markets of the future.
Tyne Metropolitan College
Institute for Apprenticeships
Empowering employers to help them define and create high quality apprenticeships
Code works in partnership with industry experts and employers, allowing us to develop sector responsive training to meet employers’ needs, support business growth and accelerate skills vital to the economy. We offer blended
Training Courses - Land and Environment
LANTRA runs various training courses suitable for businesses and individuals within the land-based and environmental sector.
Get In Go Far
Offering apprenticeship positions for companies who are looking to recruit new staff members.
Get In Go Far
A learning and mentoring programme with an opportunity to learn new skills and obtain one-to-one support from a network of great mentors.
The EAGA Trust
Arrow - Innovation for SMEs
Arrow aligns the needs of SMEs with Newcastle University's people, skills and funding.
In line with our 'Smart Specialisation' areas, Arrow's target sectors are:
Life sciences and healthcare
Tech Nation empowers ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills, a visa scheme for exceptional talent, and by championing the UK’s digital sector.
Sunderland College is a national award-winning apprenticeship training provider, you can be confident of finding fully-trained apprentices of the highest calibre.
Their apprenticeship results are 11% above
Britain is one of the world's biggest manufacturing nations. Almost 3 million people work in our sector and deliver almost half of all UK exports. Our companies drive over 60 percent of all UK research and development. As
NEPO Business Club
The NEPO Business Club offers a programme of free events for suppliers interested in improving their public sector tendering skills.
North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO)
North Tyneside Council Apprenticeships
Apprenticeship opportunities available in North Tyneside that business owners can avail of.
North Tyneside Council
One-to-One Mentoring: Supporting Start-ups
If your business is pre-start or has been running for less than 12 months and is based in Tyne and Wear, you can access 12 hours of expert business advice.
Recruitment Services - South Tyneside
TEN work with a large portfolio of employers assisting them with their job vacancy recruitment through the candidate matching service.
South Tyneside Training and Enterprise Network
SkillsBridge exists to support organisations in the voluntary and community sector by providing them with access to a range of professional skills and expertise free of charge.
Sustainable Procurement Training
Looking for training courses on sustainable procurement? Action Sustainability's training is rooted in the Standards for sustainable procurement ISO20400 and BS8903.
We can help you: build the best HR and L&D teams to deliver your people strategy, improve performance and engagement to meet your business objectives & professionalise your team through training, qualifications and membership.
CIPD North East Branch
Apprenticeships in business and industry
Remit help businesses recruit and train their teams through apprenticeships, in the following sectors: Automotive, Business, Food Manufacturing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, IT & Digital Technology.
Short courses and CPD opportunities
A wide range of short courses and CPD opportunities, that will help you stay ahead of the competition.
X-Forces Mentoring Programme
The X-Forces Mentoring Programme is for business owners to generate growth, expand and employ other service-leavers.
North East England Chamber of Commerce
We are North East England's largest member organisation, representing around 3,000 businesses. From SMEs to multi-nationals, we bring business people together across a range of member events. We ensure they get access to the b
North East England Chamber of Commerce
Retrain, regain, retain
Retrain, regain and retain an older workforce through mid-life career reviews, courses and training.
National Careers Service
Fuller Working Lives
South Tyneside Council Apprenticeships
Whether you are thinking about taking on an apprentice or need support in recruiting one, South Tyneside Council's Business, Employment & Skills Service are here to help you. The team offers a one-stop shop with information.
South Tyneside Council
Business Support for Software Businesses
Sunderland Software City offers a range of services designed to give your software business everything it needs to start and grow, from support trading overseas to communications consultancy that helps to raise your profile.
Sunderland Software City
Network Rail spends £7 billion annually on works, services and bought-in goods, and it provides details of current tender opportunities on its website.
The Business Factory - Start-up Support
Help to take your first steps by exploring your abilities and look at the reality of starting a business.
International Trade Advice
Help for first time or experienced exporters to acquire skills, contacts and confidence to start exporting or break into new markets.
Department for International Trade - North East
Services for Business
The University of Sunderland provides businesses with access to a wide variety of services and benefits. Whether you are looking for business advice, temporary or permanent employees, training for your workforce, or access to worl
Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN)
The Ambassador Network is here not only to promote Apprenticeships but to share best practice, provide support and to mentor businesses that are keen to employ an apprentice or introduce Apprenticeships to their current workforce.
Apprenticeship Ambassador Network
SME Leaders Programme
This programme, delivered by the Academy's Enterprise Hub, will support promising leaders of high-growth engineering SMEs.
Royal Academy of Engineering
Support for Properties at Risk of Flooding
Access much-needed information, guidance, and support if your business property is at risk of flooding. Learn about reducing your flood risk, insurance, and what to do before, during and after a flood.
National Flood Forum
North East Automotive Alliance
The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is an industry-led cluster group, established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector in the North East of England.
Launched in March 2015, now
North East Automotive Alliance
Durham Digital Workforce
Thanks to the European Social Fund, East Durham College is now able to offer a wide variety of completely FREE digital training courses for businesses in the County Durham area.
There are many different digital courses on offer
East Durham College
Bridging the Gap Between Business and Education
Why engage with education?
Through our strategic economic plan for the region, we aim to create 100,000 more and better jobs by 2024. A focus on skills and employability is key to achieving this goal.
Part of our ambition is
North East Ambition
Science and Technology Funding
We work with industry and others to harness business opportunities with the aim of delivering economic impact from the research and capabilities we fund.
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Growth through Mentoring
Bringing business leaders from high growth potential companies together with experienced mentors and supporting businesses to scale.
North East Growth Hub
Royal Navy Apprenticeships
20 apprenticeships across a wide variety of roles. You’ll get a competitive salary from day one, travel the world, be empowered to make a difference.
Better Off In Business
This programme helps unemployed (or working less than 16hrs per week) young people aged 18-30 to explore and test their business ideas, write business plans and start their own businesses.
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
Candidates will work full-time in your organisation while supported by the University, while studying towards a BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management Practice
Institute of Directors: Advance
A new and exclusive membership community that’s designed for Directors who want boost their network, acquire new skills and expand their knowledge.
Institute of Directors
Work Placements for Businesses
Here at FIRST, we are currently matching enterprising young people with far-sighted SMEs keen to harness future talent and help us showcase the amazing businesses within the region.
The goal is to place highly skilled students
FIRST Face to Face
Intensive Business Courses
Providing you with all the information and skills you need to successfully start your business in two days.
Subsea UK is the industry body and focal point for the entire British subsea industry and aims to increase business opportunities at home and abroad for the sector. We act for the whole supply chain bringing together operators, co
The Prince's Trust
This programme kicks off with a free information session in your local area, and we'll tell you how we can support you and, if you're still keen, we'll also invite you onto our four-day interactive workshop.
Attract fresh talent and develop graduate-level expertise in your organisation to grow/create your pool of highly skilled employees
£3375 Business Growth Funding
The University of Sunderland’s Graduate Internship Scheme can provide regional SME’s with a cost effective approach to recruiting graduate talent for a 12 month period. Part funded by the European Regional Development
CITB Skills and Training Fund
If you’re a construction industry employer with less than 100 employees, you can apply now for up to £10k for the delivery of skills and training with CITBs Skills and Training Flexible Fund.
Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
BiG provides equity finance and business support expertise to established owner-managers, or potential managers, who can demonstrate growth potential, coupled with good management skills or an established track record.
Business Investors Group
Apprenticeship Funding: Employing an Apprentice
Government funding to cover some of the cost of training and assessing an apprentice.
Durham Internships and Collaborative Enterprise Project
Have you got an idea or project with no resources to take it forward?
Durham University Careers & Enterprise centre has funding available for SMEs with a base in County Durham who are looking to establish internships and gr
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Funded support for your business
RTC North offers grant funding to support innovation and new ideas for your business.
These grants can be used to help you overcome many challenges and barriers to business growth. From expansion, developing new products/
SME management development
SME’s now have the same benefits as larger organisations to develop front line managers through funded accredited Management Diplomas aligned to front line management apprenticeships.
Using the Team Leader/ Supervis
3P - Peak Performance Partnership
Community Led Local Development (CLLD)
The CLLD Funding Programme aims to increase employment and skills, social enterprise and social inclusion addressing the following four priority themes:
Enhancing Economic Inclusion
Supporting initiatives focusing on thos
Durham County Council
Customs Training and IT Grants Scheme
You can apply for 2 grants to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.
You can apply to get funding for:
training that helps your employees to complete customs declaratio
HM Revenue & Customs
WEBINAR: COACHING REMOTE TEAMS
When it comes to remote teams, the biggest mistake leaders make is operating like it’s business as usual.
Productivity, engagement and creativity can dwindle, leading to under-performing team
Online, Via Zoom
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
An Introduction to the Process Sector with NEPIC
With over 300 member companies, NEPIC is the gateway to so many business opportunities within the process sector.
As a partner of Supply Chain North East, we want to work with you and your bu
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
People and Skills Network (North East)
As part of the CBI’s support to members we will be hosting fortnightly industry-based Webex meetings to support HR professionals and will discuss the key HR challenges affecting UK business duri
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Supply Chain North East: Networking for Growth Programme
The Networking for Growth programme is an exciting new support package delivered by Jeni Smith of Networking KnoWho on behalf of Supply Chain North East.
The programme has been specifically designe
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
17th - 17th June
Introduction to Leadership and Management
Being equipped with knowledge, skills & behaviours to manage & lead effectively is essential if an organisation is to succeed. This workshop has been designed for learners who want to develop
RTC North, Sunderland
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
23rd - 24th September
Skills North East
Inspiring futures at the North East’s largest careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeship event
Wednesday 23 September 2020: 9:30am – 3pm and 4:30pm – 7pm
Thursday 24 September 2020
Utilita Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Managing change and building employee resilience
David Cliff shares updates on managing change, home working and building employee resilience. Read more...
31st March 2020
COVID-19 opportunities for North East businesses
Opportunities for North East businesses to help respond to COVID-19
30th March 2020
New, improved changes to the apprenticeship service
Soon, all employers will have access to the full benefits of the apprenticeship service
19th December 2019
2 MINUTE READ
In conversation with Jason Hobbs, CEO, North East Fund
Jason Hobbs, CEO of the North East Fund, explains the positive impact funding can deliver
9th December 2019
North East Fund
Mentoring for Growth Q&A
Jane Howells from Mentoring for Growth explains how the programme works
6th December 2019
5 MINUTE READ
Procurement success for The Steadfast Group
Q&A with Mike McGaun, Business Development Manager at The Steadfast Group
23rd October 2019
3 MINUTE READ
Gateshead ‘messy play’ secures first overseas contract
A North East business that franchises ‘messy play’ classes for children is expanding overseas
14th October 2019
Leading business consultant and mentor joins LEP
One of the North East’s most experienced business consultants and mentors has joined the North East LEP.
18th September 2019
New programme for entrepreneurs with big ideas
Budding entrepreneurs in the region are being given the chance to turn their notepad doodle into the next Google.
17th July 2019
In conversation with Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director
All employers in England will soon have access to all the benefits of the apprenticeship service.
26th June 2019
Apprenticeship experience: Sterling Pharma Solutions
Chris Wiper explains what the 20% off-the-job training for apprentices at Sterling Pharma Solutions Ltd involves.
22nd May 2019
Our Apprenticeship Experience: George Smith
Leading furniture maker, George Smith, is passionate about supporting apprenticeships.
8th April 2019
North East Growth Hub welcomes new Connector
Former International Trade Advisor, Craig Harrison, appointed as Growth Hub Connector.
4th March 2019
Our Apprenticeship Experience: Brewin Dolphin
Brewin Dolphin share their views on the value and importance of apprenticeships.
RED engineering & Fit for Nuclear
Toby Bailey, business director at RED Engineering, explains how F4N helped RED Engineering ramp up its nuclear activity.
25th February 2019
4 MINUTE READ
Let's talk tenders with Bespoke Bids
Bespoke Bids Ltd provide Bid Support Services that help SMEs to win more and spend less in competitive Tendering situations.
8th February 2019
North East Brexit Consensus
As negotiations continue, the North East Brexit Group restates the region's priorities.
5th November 2018
Real Mentoring Story: Partnerize
Will Goff, Director of US Customer Operations, explains how Growth through Mentoring inspired a move overseas.
30th October 2018
Our Apprenticeship Experience: Lookers
Matthew Clay, Group Qualifications Manager, and Kirsty Pickering, Apprentice Technician, discuss their experiences.
5th October 2018
Real Business Story: Northumbrian Water
We speak to Northumbrian Water about why they’ve decided to embrace apprenticeships and how it's impacting on their business.
12th September 2018
Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering
What's the difference between apprentices, interns and volunteers? And what benefits do each bring to your business?
10th September 2018
Fuller Working Lives - Recruit: Derwentside College
Derwentside College’s Principal Karen Redhead describes the college’s pioneering work so far with the over 50s.
5th September 2018
In conversation with Colin Bell
Nexus, the company that owns and operates the Tyne and Wear Metro, is currently seeking to procure three contracts.
22nd August 2018
Fuller Working Lives: What does it mean?
To help the ageing workforce overcome barriers to staying in the work, the government have developed Fuller Working Lives.
20th August 2018
Tackling age bias: a national approach
Its not only important for businesses to begin implementing the national Fuller Working Lives approach, its necessary.
16th August 2018
Transferring unused apprenticeship levy funds
Knowing what you can do with your unused levy funds has been sending some employers into a quandary. Find out more.
9th August 2018
Fuller Working Lives- Retain: Hodgson Sayers
Hodgson Sayers' Financial Director, Mike Wade, reveals how they retain their 50+ workforce.
27th July 2018
Fuller Working Lives- Retrain: Sunderland Software City
Find out how Sunderland Software City are retraining the older workforce for new careers in the Digital and Tech sector.
26th July 2018
In conversation with Ryan Green
Ryan Green from Clayton Glass speaks to us about his experiences on the Growth through Mentoring programme.
27th June 2018
Mentoring in Action
The 'Growth through Mentoring' scheme matched Graham and Graeme to work together as mentor and mentee.
7th June 2018
Ways to scale: Break into new markets
In the final article of the series, we look at how to identify and access new markets, along with some of the common barriers
23rd May 2018
Real Business Story: Chartered Management Institute
Gavin Richardson, former trustee at CMI and Founder/MD of OPUS Building Services, chats to us about the impact of mentoring
Mentoring 101 with Dr Amy Stabler
We discuss the benefits of mentoring with Dr Amy Stabler, a Senior Lecturer in Corporate and Executive Development.
22nd May 2018
Ways to Scale: Grow your workforce and skills
In the third article, we look at how to overcome some common barriers to taking on employees and upskilling existing staff.
17th May 2018
Taking on an apprentice: a step-by-step guide
This step-by-step guide will give you all the information you need to employ an apprentice
8th May 2018
Real Business Story: Tharsus
Tharsus Chief Technical Officer, Dave Swan, explains their path to scaling up and offers advice to other scaleup businesses
16th April 2018
Let's talk about...apprenticeships with George Ritchie
This month we got to speak to George Ritchie MBE about how hiring an apprentice could be the answer to staffing issues
7th March 2018
Real Business Story: Sterling Pharma Solutions Ltd
We speak to Sterling Pharma Solutions about the value of degree-level apprenticeships for the employer and the employee
The answers to some frequently asked questions businesses have about taking on an apprentice
North East LEP response on Carillion
On Monday 15th January 2018, the High Court appointed the Official Receiver as liquidator of Carillion Plc.
2nd February 2018
Forging better connections with the Experience Bank
The benefits of bringing a Non Executive Director into a business include a new perspective and additional sector knowledge.
17th October 2017
Mentoring: the importance of a good match
“Being a mentor has built my own confidence and given me an insight into other industry sectors...."
10th October 2017
Developing digital literacy to grow your business
Digital technology has vastly changed the workplace for all types of business, not just those in IT or the tech sector.
20th September 2017
6 MINUTE READ
Managing talent to support your business growth
Staff are the most valuable asset for scale-up businesses - make sure you manage the talent you have.
14th September 2017
Scaling up? Should you promote, or recruit?
Is internal promotion or external recruitment best for your business?
11th September 2017
Mind the skills gap
Cast a critical eye over your to understand how the skills present in your team make an impact.
1st September 2017
Using your apprenticeship levy to pay for training
If you're an apprenticeship levy paying employer, find out how to use your funds to pay for training
1st August 2017
Championing leadership and talent
Michaela Reaney, MD of Gradvert, is known for championing leadership - here's her take on how to be effective
28th July 2017
Leading a growing business: Great Annual Savings
Bradley Groves of Great Annual Savings Group tells us how he’s led the business from startup to employing 140 in the UK.
24th July 2017
Scale-up leadership: Realsafe Technologies
Realsafe Technologies' Zoe Farrington talks about the opportunities and challenges of leading a business as it scales
12th July 2017
8 MINUTE READ
Degrees and higher level apprenticeships
Find out more about the advantages higher levels of training can offer your business
23rd June 2017
Six steps for hiring apprentices
Rob Dodds, from Unipres, gives his top tips for recruiting apprentices
How graduate internships can help grow your business
Paul Miller, Chief Executive at Gavurin, talks about graduate internship schemes
30th May 2017
Decided to invest in innovation? Looking outside of your organisation to fund it?
16th May 2017
9 MINUTE READ
Could a Knowledge Transfer Partnership help growth?
KTPs boost profitability by increasing sales, allowing access to new markets, and growing a competitive advantage.
7th April 2017
7 MINUTE READ
Understanding your business from the outside
A SWOT analysis measures a business unit, project or idea, whilst PESTLE measures your market.
5th April 2017
11 MINUTE READ
Preparing to face the dragons
Becca describes her journey from preparing her business plan to pitching it in the dragons’ den …
3rd April 2017
Doing business with the public sector
Finding and winning work in the public sector needs planning and organisation. Here's our guide.
The fine art of selling to others
Whether you’re selling face to face, on the phone or online, the basic principles of selling still apply.
28th March 2017
How it affects me: The Apprenticeship Levy
It’s important for all businesses who employ people to know what the Apprenticeship Levy means for their business...
22nd March 2017
Offering more than just jobs...
The North East’s top football clubs are leading the way with corporate social responsibility...
15th March 2017
My apprenticeship experience: ITPS
Gateshead-based ITPS have been offering ICT apprenticeships since 2002, helping 36 young people kick-start their careers.
6th March 2017
My apprenticeship story: Nifco
North East-based Nifco UK employs 600 people and is committed to its own apprenticeship programme.
My business journey: Liam Watson of Canny Milk
Liam Watson is the mastermind behind all-natural milkshake Canny Milk. He tells us more about his business journey
22nd February 2017
Have you got entrepreneurial spirit?
What makes a good entrepreneur? We look at North East businesses to see what attributes make them successful.
9th January 2017
Business opportunities in 2017
As we move into a brand new year, brand new opportunities to grow and develop your business will appear.
Meet me at the Barre
After fulfilling her dreams as a dancer in LA, Natalie brought her fitness business to Newcastle.
28th November 2016
12 MINUTE READ
There aren’t many tasks more daunting for a start-up business than taking on your first member of staff...
24th November 2016
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