Employees at Port of Tyne are among those taking advantage of a free training scheme designed to upskill North East workforces.
The training is being delivered by Amacus, a subsidiary of Gateshead College, and partner of the regional skills and enterprise programme Go>Grow, which is headed up by Gateshead College in partnership with over 30 local training providers.
The programme was launched after £15m of funding was secured by Gateshead College from the European Social Fund through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
Louise Tinkler, director of human resources at Port of Tyne, said: “The training that Amacus has delivered has been well received and has benefited the participants by helping to strengthen working relationships across the business in management, team leader and supervisor roles."
Sarah Ainslie, business development manager at Amacus, said: “The development programme benefited people across the Port, whilst the train the trainer and presentation skills course is helping 21 managers to improve their skills.
“The courses were designed to cover a range of topics, including delivering effective in-house training sessions, customer focus and conflict resolution.”
Equality North East has also been part of the partnership, after delivering an Equality in the Workplace module.
Ivan Jepson, director of business development at Gateshead College, said: “It is brilliant to see the ongoing benefits that the Go>Grow scheme is bringing for individuals and organisations across the region, especially as we have recently hit a big milestone of over 10,000 individuals and organisations taking advantage of the training.”
Go > Grow has the backing of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the North East of England Chamber of Commerce.
Experts in the Go>Grow team will work to develop training that meets individual needs of businesses, or offer those who wouldn’t ordinarily undertake training programmes, the opportunity to access bespoke packages specific to their needs.
A tailor-made programme is then developed and delivered at any of the Go > Grow training provider sites, or within the premises of the individual businesses.