Andrew Hockey, CEO at the ECITB, said: “This pilot phase of the Northern Competency Cluster was a real success, bringing much-needed new talent into the industry.
“The ECITB forecasts 25,000 additional workers will be needed for major projects, including those related to net zero, by 2026, placing employers in direct competition for labour from £650bn of infrastructure projects in the wider UK economy.
“It is clear that collaboration between site owners, contractors, local provision and Tees Valley Combined Authority is delivering tangible results in bringing new people into the industry.”
Sean Johnston, director at NETA Training, said: “NETA has provided training to the engineering construction industry for more than 45 years. This bootcamp is another example of how, working with industry, we can tailor our training to support workforce development and bridge skills gaps.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Home is where the heart is, and giving our young people opportunities to build high quality careers close to home is why I’m delighted we’ve been able to support Skills Bootcamps. We need to nurture our talent to realise the promise of our projects to transform our region into a green energy powerhouse.
“It’s great to see Altrad taking this group on after developing their skills in the programme. I hope it inspires others to follow their lead.”
Tony added: “The launch of this pilot programme signifies a transformative step toward building a robust talent pipeline and addressing the skills needs of the future.
“We will continue to work with the ECITB, our industry partners and TVCA to deliver and drive forward future schemes that benefit both the industry and the communities where we operate.”
To find out more about Skills Bootcamps in Tees Valley, please visit: www.teesvalley-ca.gov.uk/work/skills-support/skills-support-for-adults/skills-bootcamps