Northumberland College Employment and Skills Forum goes from strength to strength

Northumberland College Employment and Skills Forum goes from strength to strength  
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Northumberland College is inviting business, community and skills leaders to an employment and skills forum next month.

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 sciences.

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