The Employment and Skills Forum, which attracted around fifty business leaders from across the region, saw guest speakers including the Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Andrew Hodgson, Head of Port Training Service, Colin Bassam and George Rafferty from NOF Energy as well as representatives from Northumberland College including, Chair of Governors, Jacqui Henderson CBE, Academy Director of Engineering and Construction, Muhsin Jumaa, and Principal and CEO, Marcus Clinton highlight the needs and provision for workforce in the renewables industry.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to visit Northumberland College's purpose-built training centre, which includes dedicated workshops for renewables training.
Courses on offer by Northumberland College are developed in conjunction with industry and European partners to ensure that students gain necessary experience and qualifications set for a career in the renewables and engineering sector.
These include Level 3 BZEE Wind Turbine Technician Studies - a course where 90% of students go on to work in the window power industry within 12 months.
Marcus Clinton, Principal and CEO of Northumberland College said: "Our courses consist of practical training produced by the industry for the industry and are designed to equip the future workforce with knowledge for further development of wind power.
"These renewables courses get students to fully qualified wind technician status and straight into employment."
In the North East Engineering industry, 40,000 people are employed within engineering occupations and industry forecasts predict this future will remain steady through to 2020.
The UK government is committed to 15% of all energy to be sourced by renewables by 2020.
To find out more about our courses in renewables visit www.northumberland.ac.uk