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Chamber launches campaign to keep young talent in the region


An ambitious campaign to keep talented young people in North East England and ensure they know all of the opportunities open to them will be launched today (17 May 2017) at Acklam Green Centre, Middlesbrough.

North East England Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Nifco UK have developed information on Great Reasons to Build Your Career in the North East, full of positive facts about employment and living in the region. These include details on growing sectors such as life sciences, with £38m invested in the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington, an estimated 27,000 manufacturing jobs available by 2022 and house prices 30% lower than the national average.

Mike Matthews, Chamber President, and managing director, Nifco UK said: “This campaign came about as Chamber members found young people were often unaware of great employment opportunities on their doorstep. We have world-leading innovative and exciting companies in sectors predicted to grow in the next 10 years including electric vehicles, renewable energy, life sciences, software and app development. Our future workforce, whether they are graduates, apprentices or school leavers, need to realise there is are so many exciting career opportunities within easy reach, offering access to a great quality of life right here in the North East.”

The Great Reasons information is available here.

All of the specific facts were in response to research undertaken with students around the North East which asked questions about their understanding of the labour market and how they approached planning for their future careers.

Also at the launch, part of the Chamber’s regular Linking Business and Education events, will be information for businesses on working with schools to improve careers guidance, aligned with the Good Career Guidance benchmarks identified by the Gatsby Foundation. Speakers will include Esh Group’s head of Corporate Responsibility and Added Value, Darush Dodds, outlining its year-long employability programme and Chamber director of policy, Ross Smith on the advantages of closer working between business and education.

There will also be leaders from both sectors, sharing best practice and aiming to form sustainable partnerships, which will ultimately deliver higher quality careers guidance for young people in the North East and a better prepared future workforce.