Workforce and Skills
Around half a million people of working age can be found within 30 miles of Tees Valley. Furthermore, the labour force is loyal and hard working. According to a recent study, the North East has the highest percentage in England of employees taking no sickness absence (over 50% compared to around 35% in the South East). It also has some of the highest overtime hours, and the lowest staff turnover rates than any other part of the UK. However, despite all this, it’s the skills of the workforce that keeps companies coming to the area.
Tees Valley’s industrial heritage means it has a skilled, available and highly motivated workforce. This tradition and heritage provides an important foundation for the teaching and training of the new skills and qualifications that make Tees Valley one of the most fertile places for developing talent.
Tees Valley is home to more than 29,000 students studying at Teesside University, and the Stockton campus of Durham University. Numbers have grown 65% over the past decade, making it one of the fastest growing universities in the UK, and the university is further expanding to meet an expected 20% rise by 2020.
The university was awarded the largest government grant of any university to work with industry and has a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with local businesses. Teesside’s focus is on the creative industries, engineering, management and courses servicing the logistics, offshore and chemical industries.
Given the area’s history and tradition of heavy industry and manufacturing, there are key inherent skills in Tees Valley. Particular expertise in handling bulk and hazardous materials, advanced/heavy manufacturing and new/renewable energy technologies make Tees Valley able to handle any logistics requirement.