As part of the NTCA ‘Opportunity for All’ Strategic Skills Plan we have identified a number of growth sectors for skills in the North of Tyne area.

£5 million has been invested in the Skills for growth programme to ensure that NTCA funding for innovation and targeted investment was underpinned by the development of a skills and talent pipeline.

Green skills was identified as priority sector and we are proud to partner with these local providers on exciting Green skills programmes.

Energy Central Campus Ltd

Delivered by Port of Blyth, OREC & Northumberland County Council

The creation of the Energy Central Learning Hub (ECLH) that will support 3,500 learner’s pa and directly support 25 businesses pa. state-of-the-art learning environment, located in the heart of a thriving green energy industrial cluster in Blyth, available for use by the wider FE and HE provider base across the North of Tyne. The project will offer 25 core employer partners a collective and individual commissioning service that will engage with education and training providers across the North of Tyne area to ensure their training and skills offer meets employer need. The project will also establish priority curriculum pathways to employment in the sector, underpinned by a world-class education, training and skills programme that is informed by sector employers, and directly supports an average 600 learners a year to complete green skills training and qualifications.

Green Growth Skills Forecasting

Delivered by Newcastle College University Centre

The purpose of the project is to bring together the expertise of Newcastle University, Newcastle College, Education Partnerships North East (EPNE) and ORE Catapult to undertake a research project, engaging at technology level with local industry to link macro and micro job numbers at regional level to provide objective evidence of green skills requirements, and enable NTCA to prioritise funding towards targeted green growth training which will meet identified skills needs within the emerging green technology sector.  The research activity is phase one of the project and will lead into a parallel phase two of activities.  The first phase two activity will be to develop a research-informed schools engagement programme where we use the results of our phase one research to develop and deliver an exciting green skills engagement programme to be delivered within NTCA primary and secondary schools. In parallel with these we will also develop and deliver green technology sector training courses focussed on the local green growth employment opportunities.

The RE:geon Project

Delivered by RE:geon Training Solutions Ltd.

The RE:geon Project has been developed to address the skills shortage in the construction sector; in particular, green construction skills needed to deliver domestic retrofit projects. Working in partnership with NTCA, local construction employers and major social housing providers, RE:geon is actively supporting to drive to Net-Zero.

Recognising the need to raise awareness of the green agenda and our introduction to construction includes “Climate Change in Action” together with Health & Safety in a Construction Environment. This 3-day programme consists of regulated and non-regulated qualifications in Domestic Retrofit & Environmental Sustainability in Construction, leading to further adult skills programmes and Skills Bootcamps including Route 2 Retrofit.

RE:geon is also introducing a suite of wellness workshops and projects to help local residents of social housing providers develop green skills through “Sow and Grow”.

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Skills for Sustainability

Delivered by Northumbria University

Skills for Sustainability is a programme of activity covering 3 different workstreams:  

  • Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, to enable the development of high-level upskilling for people working in the chemistry/polymer science/materials industry.    
  • To pilot a suite of e-learning courses around  
    • Climate change and resilience  
    • Evaluation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across the public and private sector 
    • Technical detail on carbon accounting and reporting, equipping participants with the necessary skills to contribute to Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting (MGHG) requirements. 
  • Skills for sustainable retrofit in the housing sector – to provide staff across the sector with skills/knowledge to manage the delivery the decarbonisation of housing stock. 

For more information about our full Skills for Growth programme head to our Education, Inclusion and Skills page.