Manufacturing skills gap boost as Training company launches

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Manufacturing skills gap boost as Training company launches

Manufacturing and the North East’s skills gap within the industry are being given a major boost with the launch of a new company.

Go Ahead Training is the brainchild of engineering boss Dave Spensley, who wants to ensure companies within the manufacturing industry have a deep talent pool to access.

The region’s industral sectors are undergoing a major revival as the drive to ‘re-shore’ continues, however there is a lack of talented young people with the skills and attitudes required by employers to help the North East capitalise on its strengths within manufacturing and engineering.

“Go Ahead Training will act as the middle man between schools and colleges and industry, so we can ensure we’re equipping young people with the skills and attitudes needed to work within the sectors.”

Dave Spensley said: “I have worked in the manufacturing industry for a number of years and know this region is ideally positioned to capitalise on the opportunities which are available, if there are enough talented people out there for employers to access.

“Go Ahead Training will act as the middle man between schools and colleges and industry, so we can ensure we’re equipping young people with the skills and attitudes needed to work within the sectors.

“One of the main challenges is educating young people that there are real jobs out there for them, and that if they work hard and demonstrate a willingness to work and learn, there will be chances to not only progress but also carve out a career for life.”

Go Ahead Training will initially work with schools and colleges within the County Durham and Teesside areas and has six main programmes of delivery:

  • Primary Engineers
  • Secondary Engineers
  • The Opportunity Programme (NEET prevention)
  • The F1 Challenge
  • VEX IQ Robotics
  • Enterprise Programme

Dave Spensley added: “Employers are crying out for talented young people who can come into their business and grow. Our manufacturing and engineering sectors do have an ageing workforce so its vital that if they’re to continue to grow they have readymade replacements for those workers who reach retirement age.

“We are confident Go Ahead Training is exactly what the region needs and will become the ‘go to’ organisation for employers who want to atrract young people who they can train and invest in as the engineers and manufacturers of the future.”

Go Ahead Training is based at The Workplace in Newton Aycliffe and employes three members of staff, with plans to add to the team over the coming months.

Tony Swanwick, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador and former engineer who worked for GEC Telecom and BAE Systems, said: “By providing training programmes that present technical problems in an interesting and challenging way, Go Ahead Training will inspire the young students of today, giving them the skills, motivation, insight and confidence they need to become the leading engineers of tomorrow.

“It is essential to attract students at a young age, by opening their eyes to the many rewarding career opportunities that stand before them. These foundation courses will be strongly linked to many practical problems that exist in the world today, with the training being supported by real engineers who can offer advice and explain the breadth of opportunities a career in engineering can deliver, whilst relating to their own wealth experiences.”

RTC North, one of Europe’s leading technology transfer companies, is working with Go Ahead Training to deliver engineering programmes to schools on Teesside.

Carol Harrison, STEM Contract Manager, said: thousands of young people from the North East leave school, college and university every year with absolutely no direction in life. They are not aware of the global opportunities North East organisations can offer them if the study STEM subjects at higher levels. Go Ahead training will provide a platform where education and industry can come together so that both sides will be better informed.