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.

Our skills plan will support individuals and businesses to emerge from the pandemic and reach their full potential

Cllr Nick Forbes
NTCA Cabinet Member for Business Competitiveness

Latest News


AEB Successes 

The North of Tyne Adult Education Budget (AEB) has empowered over 25,500 people with opportunities to increase their skills following its first year of delivery.

View the full news story.


Skills for Growth – Creative People and Digital Innovation

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) has allocated an indicative amount of £2.75m for Skills for Growth in Digital and Creative sectors.

These calls are open for expressions of interest until 21/11/21.


Green Growth Skills Call

NTCA has allocated an indicative amount of £2m of its Skills for Growth funding to support the development of Green Growth Skills.

This call is open for expressions of interest until 05/11/21.

Find out more about this funding opportunity here. 


Northern Workshops – Northern Rail

Join a Northern virtual workshop to unleash your job-seeking potential and find out how train travel can connect you to more employment opportunities.

Find out more here. 


“Listening to Business Views on Current and Future Skills Needs to Help our Economy Recover” -Northumberland County Council Survey

As we begin to move out of lockdown and the economy starts to re-open, we want to ensure Northumberland businesses have the workforce and the skills they need. We want to hear from you and understand your skills needs and how we can best support you.

This short survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and the link is here: Northumberland Employer Skills Survey. Your responses will be used to help the Council and our partners to best support your current and future skills and recruitment needs.


Coming up! Adult Learners Week: 14th to 19th June 2021 

Adult Learners Week aims to raise awareness of the value of adult learning, celebrate the achievements of learners and providers, and inspire more people to discover how learning can positively change their lives.  Watch this space during that week.


Adult Education Budget Achievements

So far, over 20,000 enrolment opportunities delivered or being undertaken through the devolved Adult Education Budget from August 2020 to April 2021.