The college's Employment and Skills Forum initiative was
launched last October in response to a government Business
Innovation and Skills department decision that saw the North East
become one of three regional pilots to have funding for skills
allocated to the Local Enterprise Partnership with the aim of
fostering greater relations between private and public sector
employers and education and training providers.
Since its launch, the initiative has gone from strength to
strength with seven advisory groups now established for priority
industry sectors that include groups for construction, engineering,
land-based, IT and business, leisure, creative and life
This latest event follows meetings of the advisory groups and
takes place at Kirkley Hall on 7 February.
The event welcomes business, community and skills leaders from
across the region to take part in an open forum that will enable
innovative ways of working to be explored.
Guest speakers include Professor Roy Sandbach, 2013/14 David
Goldman visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at
Newcastle University, who will focus on innovating for growth and
who brings vast experience of global innovation programmes.
Stuart Cutforth, Principal and Chief Executive at Northumberland
College, said: "As a college we aim to ensure our curriculum
programmes suit local labour markets and priority sectors. Our
Employment and Skills Forum aims to encourage partnership working
and innovation amongst organisations."
Northumberland College is the largest training provider in
Northumberland, offers over 40 flexible Apprenticeship frameworks
and works with over 700 businesses across the North East.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the Northumberland College
Employment and Skills Forum or who would like to become a member
should visit www.northumberland.ac.uk