Take advantage of free training to seize digital opportunities

With 3,000 extra jobs predicted in the digital sector in the next six years*, and recent research from DMS Research & Consulting recognising the increasing demand for basic digital skills across all industries, businesses in Tees Valley are being urged to look ahead and seize the opportunities. Not only this, but more than half of UK employers do not have … Read More

Case Study: Streamlining for international success

The challenge Starting your own business can be an exciting time, especially when you have a strong passion for what you’re creating. With a desire for more creative freedom, Kim Sandford decided to leave her job as a graphic designer to set up her own company, Illustrated Identity. Based in Middlesbrough, the company is an online store specialising in designs … Read More

Case Study: Open thinking helps unlock new business ideas

The challenge With a passion for supporting mental health and knowing the lengthy waiting lists children faced, Kirsten Antoncich, owner of Positive Progress, had an ambition to scale up her business. After several years working in various roles as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, in 2017 Kirsten decided to start Positive Progress, a business that offers counselling, psychotherapy and neurological … Read More

How can SMEs identify their skills gaps… and fill them?

Despite Tees Valley being home to more than 17,000 businesses generating a £13.1bn economy, the area’s business base has been described as under-developed compared to the size of the population. By 2024 there will be 17,000 new jobs and 116,000 replacement jobs available, and it’s important that there is a skilled and available workforce to fill these roles. York, North … Read More

Case Study: Business growth thanks to digital training

The challenge Running a business and looking after a family, all under the same roof, is no easy task, but Tracy Burleigh rose to the challenge in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. Tracy’s first-hand experience of this led to her launching Women Mean Business, a supportive online networking and coaching community for women running their own companies in York. … Read More

Case study: Stretching skills to start a business

The challenge With 60% of new UK start-ups closing their doors within three years*, starting your own venture and making it a success is extremely difficult, especially if you have little or even no previous business experience. It’s even more of a personal and potential financial risk if you are leaving an accomplished career to take this leap. That was … Read More

Tees Valley Tackling the Skills Shortage

Tees Valley are tackling the skills shortage. By 2024, 17,000 new jobs will be available in Tees Valley. 50% of jobs created will require higher level technical and digital skills.

Success Story – Ways2Work

A B Steel Services Centre Ltd are a manufacturing company based in Rotherham they specialise in steel and stainless steel. They have recently accessed fully funded training through the Workplace Learning programme. Ways 2 Work approached A B Steel Services to assess their training needs. After their needs were identified they were offered a course on Warehouse and Storage Principals. … Read More

Management training gives Leicester charity worker skills to support her workforce

The challenge Returning to work after having time out to raise a family can be daunting and, when it involves managing a team of people, often the challenge can seem overwhelming. This was the position that Gillian Coleman found herself in when she started working at the Zinthiya Trust, a small Leicester-based charity offering support and advice to women and … Read More