This Strategic Skills Plan sets out our ambitious programme for skills development in the region.

Our vision is of a dynamic and more inclusive economy, one that brings together people and opportunities to create vibrant communities and a high quality of life, narrowing inequalities and ensuring that all residents have a stake in our region’s future.

To support the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s vision, our region requires a skills infrastructure that is fully aware of, and responsive to, the sectors that have labour and skills shortages.

We recognise that effective skills interventions have a key role to play in ensuring our residents and businesses are best equipped to deal with today’s competitive jobs market and the challenges yet to come. Ultimately, it’s about investing in our residents as our greatest asset and so securing a fairer future for all generations across the region.


NTCA’s Strategic Skills Plan will:

Provide a clear direction of travel to skills commissioners, our provider networks and employers

Influence local skills provision and curriculum design

Become a vital tool in setting priorities, allocating resources and potential funding.

Our plan puts skills at the centre of NTCA’s economic ambitions.

We will build on successful partnership working to ensure our skills system is informed by employers and able to supply high quality employees for the jobs of the future.


View the Plan

Our full Strategic Skills Plan ‘Opportunity for All’ sets this out in detail and is available to download here.


Our Strategic Skills Plan ‘Opportunity for All’ summary, is a condensed version of the plan and is available to download here.


Skills Bootcamps

North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) secured £5million in funding from the Department of Education (DfE) to expand the range of Skills Bootcamps across the region from July 2022 to 31st March 2023. This will help over 2,000 people in the North of Tyne access jobs, or progress to better jobs and unlock the life chances these will provide.

In the North of Tyne Skills Bootcamps are available in a range of skills areas aligned to employer demand across the region. Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. Skills Bootcamps offer bespoke training solutions to bridge existing skills gaps within high demand sector and place the employer at the centre of training and development.

Skills Bootcamps are delivered in partnership with employers and further education training providers click here to find out more.