Excelling in technical and professional education

Improving skills at all levels

This area of our skills programme focuses on encouraging more and higher level apprenticeship delivery and demand, focusing on our ‘areas of opportunity’ sectors.


The North East’s performance on take up of apprenticeships by employers and individuals is strong and provides a good base to support the Government’s target to deliver three million apprenticeships as set out in their ‘English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision’.

We formed the Apprenticeship Growth Partnership (AGP) to support businesses to encourage the development of apprenticeship vacancies and promote higher level apprenticeships. It engages sector groups to develop standards and liaise and promote the development of high quality apprenticeship provision that businesses value.

The AGP is a key initiative in ensuring that the North East has representation in the ongoing consultation around the new Apprenticeship Levy and the communication of this to businesses in our region.


For more information, please contact:

Denis Heaney

Enterprise Co-ordinator, Enterprise Adviser Programme
0191 338 7447
[email protected]


Area Based Reviews

Area Based Reviews (ABR) are taking place nationally to understand Further Education provision at a local level.

The ABR programme is driven by local leadership, including providers, partners and the North East LEP. We are working closely with the rest of the steering group to deliver the ABR and will report on progress as the programme moves forward.

For more information, read the Government’s Reviewing post-16 education and training institutions

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