Workforce & Skills

An experienced, expert workforce across many key sectors.


Tees Valley has, and continues to, invest heavily in our workforce as we are committed to delivering a world-class education and skills system that provides a base for the economic growth for the future of the area. We work closely with our businesses to identify their current and future workforce needs to ensure we have a readily available, experienced and skilled labour pool.

Skilled Local Workforce

With one of the biggest integrated complexes in the UK, Tees Valley has vast experience in manufacturing, engineering and offshore industries and the area has a readily available, skilled local workforce living within an hour’s drive. Our reputation as a powerhouse in industrial sectors also means that our schools, colleges and further education establishments are focussed around training the workforce to meet with the needs of local businesses and the local economy, including Middlesbrough College’s £20million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) centre that works with local businesses to deliver the world-class training employers need.

Technical Training

The region has a number of world-class training facilities that specialise in technical training for the oil and gas, offshore, engineering and manufacturing sectors. They use real work environments with high-specification equipment that matches that of an industrial setting, ensuring our workforce are equipped with the skills, training and safety awareness needed.


Demand for apprenticeships in the area is high, demonstrating the appetite for practical skills and training. There are a number of training providers based in the area, including Falck Nutec, a leading health and safety training provider for the offshore sector, TTE, the UK’s largest technical training organisation in the engineering, process and offshore sectors, NETA, who provide fully accredited courses and apprenticeships in the engineering and offshore sectors, and TWI, a global leader in technology and engineering services.

Further Education

Tees Valley has five first-class further education colleges geared towards providing local businesses with the skills they need. Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton Riverside Colleges all deliver employer-led technical training courses from state-of-the-art facilities across the region, with specialisms varying from chemical and process to subsea, aircraft maintenance to fabrication and welding.

Tees Valley is also home to the Northern School of Art, the leading provider of creative art and design degrees in the North. The Northern School of Art supports industry specialists by providing the highest quality of art & design teaching, ensuring students are equipped for employment and enterprise in the creative industries.

Skills for Business

Tees Valley is unique from most other areas, as our devolution deal with Government means we are able to deliver an effective and joined-up education and skills system that works for local businesses. The Mayoral led Combined Authority proactively supports the development of a world-class system that will deliver the skills for the future and, with it, strong economic growth for the region.

Teesworks Skills Academy

Operating as a one-stop-shop, the academy links jobseekers, local employment hubs and skills providers to create a world-class workforce for the future, equipped with the expertise businesses at the Teesworks site will need to grow and succeed.

The Teesworks Skills Academy offers unique access to a complete network of employment and training providers across the Tees Valley with a broad range of specialisms relevant to the requirements of Teesworks.

It can deliver learning from entry level through to specialist industry skills creating a clear career pathway from school to retirement, with access to a broad range of funding sources to support industry with recruitment and upskilling of current staff.



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