Mind the Gap: Addressing Skills in the Tees Valley

24-Sep-2015 - 24-Sep-2015


Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: Crathorne Hall Hotel, Crathorne, Nr Yarm, North Yorkshire TS15 0AR
Mind the Gap: Addressing Skills in the Tees Valley


With ongoing discussions about the ever widening skills gap and its threat on the future growth of burgeoning businesses, the importance of investing in training and apprenticeships is ever relevant.

PD Ports will provide an inspiring illustration on the importance of investing in young people and what industry engagement with educational establishments has meant to them, their apprentices and their future.

Presentations by Jim French - Director of Portcentric Logistics, Kirsten Donkin - PR and Communications Manager at PD Ports and Kevin Shakesheff of Casper Shipping Ltd and Chairman of charity High Tide Foundation, will highlight how bringing together industry and education across Teesside has improved learning and employment opportunities, whilst raising aspirations for young people across the region.

Joining PD Ports and High Tide is Helen Williamson from the government’s Skills Funding Agency – National Apprenticeship Service, who will give a brief overview of what is happening at a national level and, from a Tees Valley perspective, Wendy Starks of Tees Valley Unlimited will highlight and provide information on a forthcoming event, Tees Valley Skills 2015.

Running order for the evening is as follows:

6.00pm -  A light supper will be served
6.30pm - Welcome and introduction from TVBC Chair
6.40pm - Presentation by Helen Williamson, Skills Funding Agency
6.50pm - Presentation by Wendy Starks, Tees Valley Unlimited
7.00pm - Presentations by PD Ports and High Tide Foundation
7.45pm - Business Card Exchange
8.00pm - Networking
8.30pm - Close

Guests are welcome to attend one meeting before making a commitment to join the club
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