North East skills champions

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EEF’s North East Skills Group were instrumental in launching Primary Engineer in the region, introduce young learners to the exciting world of industry and enrich learning of STEM subjects.

EEF’s North East Skills Group provides a powerful voice nationally and regionally.

Its members, including Siemens, Quick Hydraulics, Ford Aerospace, British Engines TTE Technical Training, Liebherr, Sone Products, Reece Group and local colleges, were instrumental in launching Primary Engineer in the region.

This involved partnering with 33 primary schools and working with 2,500 children to introduce the young learners to the exciting world of industry and enrich learning of STEM subjects. Primary Engineer has expanded into a national organisation, which is also partnering with secondary schools.

The skills challenge is summed up by Mike Jones, HR Director for Siemens Energy, and Chairman of the group. He said: “There’s huge growth potential in manufacturing companies like ours, but the biggest obstacle is building capacity through appropriately skilled people.

“The process must start in schools, and apprentice and graduate programmes are an important bedrock, but we’ve also got to re-skill and up-skill our own people.”

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