Merger set to help close the North East skills gap

Two north east professional bodies have merged in an effort to better support the mission to address skills shortages in the north east region.

Two confederations of training providers – Northumbria Learning Providers and County Durham Learning Provider Network – have joined forces and named their new alliance North East Learning Providers.

The move aligns the training companies with the geographical coverage of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and will make it easier for them to work with the LEP and the North East Combined Authority on regional strategies for skills and employment.

North East Learning Providers (NELP) – which represents 60 training companies – is keen to respond to the LEP’s strategic objectives to address the current and future skills needs of employers and learners, develop higher level skills in support of better jobs and provide access to high quality training.

Chairman of North East Learning Providers, Malcolm Armstrong, comments: “Merging the two networks strengthens the voice of training providers in the north east and makes sure our vast knowledge of what local employers need in terms of skills is utilised strategically.”