Forum aiming to create employment chances

Left to right: Stuart Cutforth, principal and chief executive of Northumberland College; Steve Stewart, chief executive of Northumberland County Council; Lord Curry and Jacqui Henderson, chair of governors Northumberland College.
Left to right: Stuart Cutforth, principal and chief executive of Northumberland College; Steve Stewart, chief executive of Northumberland County Council; Lord Curry and Jacqui Henderson, chair of governors Northumberland College.
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A new skills forum has been launched to help create employment opportunities in the county.

More than 60 organisations attended the launch of an Employment and Skills Forum at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus.

The college developed the forum after the government said the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) is to become one of three regional pilots that will receive significant funds to foster greater relations between private and public sector employers and education and training providers.

Keynote speaker and influential rural business leader Lord Curry said: “It is crucial that we build momentum around the economy here in the north east and forums like this can play an important part in encouraging key players to work together.”

The forum welcomes members from the business community and education and training organisations and it is hoped sub groups with specialism in particular sectors will be established.

Stuart Cutforth, college principal and chief executive, said: “As a college we are mindful of local labour markets when we create our curriculum programmes.

“We want our students to succeed and develop in sustained employment. This forum aims to benefit our students and the local economy by matching training provision with local skills needs.”

For more about the forum or anyone interested in becoming a member, visit www.northumberland.ac.uk