NORTHERN SKILLS GROUP MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH TOP SUCCESS RATES

One year on from the launch of Northern Skills Group, the apprenticeships and training provider is working with more than 2,000 employers in the North.
One year on from the launch of Northern Skills Group, the apprenticeships and training provider is working with more than 2,000 employers in the North. Since its launch, the organisation has recruited an impressive 1,362 apprentices, with 133 of those apprenticeships at management level. Overall, Northern Skills Group apprenticeship success rate currently stands at 82.7% – well above the 67% national average. With a team of sector experts in-house Northern Skills Group provides tailored apprenticeship programmes, advice on the Apprenticeship Levy and a free recruitment service. Director Peter Wilson said: “Apprenticeships are a proven, cost effective way to increase business growth. By investing in skills businesses can bank future productivity gains.” Northern Skills Group is the product of Middlesbrough College’s acquisition of NECC Training – already a significant apprenticeship provider. The North East Ambulance Service – an Apprenticeship Levy-payer – is just one organisation to benefit from its expertise. Nine apprentices have embarked on a year-long programme as ambulance care assistants – delivering inter-hospital transfers, hospital discharges and palliative care transport. Andrew Lamb, education coordinator with the North East Ambulance Service, explained: “This role is seen as a great entry point for a career in the NHS, and many former ambulance care assistants have gone on to secure permanent positions as Ambulance Care Assistants, Emergency Care Assistants or train to become paramedics.” Darlington Building Society has also worked with the Northern Skills Group team to provide leadership and management training to its existing staff. Andy Kane, Darlington Building Society learning and development manager, explained: “There’s been lots of really great knowledge and experience sharing, but we wanted to be confident we could provide varied opportunities for our people to succeed – whether that is for those new to managerial roles or those who want to develop transferrable skills that will serve them well in non-managerial roles. “The Leadership and Management qualifications delivered by Northern Skills Group gave us the opportunity to do that. “Working with an award winning team in our local area is massively important to us and I’d really encourage other businesses to consider the value of apprenticeships.” For more information on how Northern Skills Group can help your business, contact our business advisors on 03453 40 40 40 or info@northernskills.co.uk.