NEAAN is proud to partner with the great and good of North East business – our membership and partners are made up of global giants and local innovators, leaders in their sectors and family firm tradesmen.

The businesses represent every size and sector but share one uniting factor: they are all passionate about apprenticeships.


AccentureA Fortune 500 company with offices around the world. The company started life as the business and technology arm of accounting firm Arthur Andersen.

With leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security, Accenture combines unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, offering strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers.

The company’s 500,000+ people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. Accenture embraces the power of change to create value and shared success for clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

Alpek Polyester UK Ltd

Alpek Polyester UK LtdAlpek is the only virgin PET resin manufacturing business in the UK, based at the Wilton International site, near Redcar.

With more than 50 years of polyester manufacturing and product development heritage at the Wilton International site, Alpek employ a workforce of just over 100 people. The majority of staff are highly qualified technicians and engineers, working alongside industry award-winning Customer Services, Purchasing and Finance and HR teams.

Alpek sponsors around six to eight apprentices on a rolling basis through Science and Engineering Apprenticeships. It also supports a graduate development program.

City & Guilds Group

City & Guilds GroupFor over 140 years City & Guilds Group has worked with people, organisations and economies to help identify and develop the skills they need to thrive. It understands the life changing link between skills development, social mobility, prosperity and success so everything it does is focused on developing and delivering high-quality training, qualifications and credentials that lead to jobs and meet the changing needs of industry.

City & Guilds Group partner with customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. It creates flexible learning pathways supporting lifelong employability, because City & Guilds believes that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

Foundation activities amplify the organisation’s purpose by helping to remove barriers to getting into a job, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future.


Conoco PhillipsThe company operates the Teesside terminal, where oil was first received in 1975 and the main processing plant was completed in 1979. The facility was designed as a one million barrels a day crude oil reception, processing, storage and trans-shipment installation, and the terminal also fractionates natural gas liquids into ethane, propane and butane. Operations comprise both processing and tanker-loading facilities covering a 285-acre site at Seal Sands.

The plant includes a stabilization section, an NGL section, utilities section, crude oil and NGL storage tanks and a port of shipment. The oil and NGL from the Norpipe pipeline is fractionated, to reduce the vapor pressure of the crude oil, in the stabilization process. The stabilized crude oil is stored, ready for shipment, at the tank farm which comprises nine storage tanks each of 750,000-barrel nominal capacity. The NGL is separated into methane, ethane, propane and butane, with capacity to also separate normal-butane, and iso-butane in the NGL section. Methane is used as fuel for the plant. Ethane and butane are cooled to liquid state and stored refrigerated in large, insulated tanks prior to shipment. Propane is currently either directly loaded to ship or exported by pipeline to a Petrochemical customer on Teesside as nominated by Shippers.  In 2021 new pressurised storage for propane ship loading will become available.

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW)

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW)Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) is a mental health trust providing a range of mental health, learning disability and neurological care services across the north of England.

It has a long-established apprenticeship program, with a strong strategic direction and an emphasis on “growing their own”.

The Trust was fantastic in training apprentices, especially those with LD and autism. But found it wasn’t transitioning into jobs on completion. The young and shy and those with LD really struggled at interview but the Trust knew they were amazing and could do the job. It therefore created “matching days” focused on informal interview techniques. The matching days have meant that the majority of their apprentices now transition into jobs in the Trust.


CPICPI acts as a catalyst bringing together academia, businesses, government and investors to translate bright ideas and research into the marketplace.

With a deep understanding of technology fore-sighting, innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry-relevant assets, it enables the accelerated development of transformational products and processes that have the potential to disrupt and revolutionise markets. CPI also engages in incremental technological innovation that allows established products and processes to be optimised for better performance and efficient manufacture.

CPI is a leading independent technology innovation centre and a founding member of the UK Government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Established in 2004, its teams tirelessly apply their many years of experience to ensure that every great invention gets the best opportunity to become a successfully marketed product or process.


EngineeringUKEverything EngineeringUK does is based on evidence, and it shares its analysis and insight widely. For more than 20 years, it has published a comprehensive report on the state of engineering in the UK – providing a detailed examination of engineering’s economic contribution and the composition of its workforce, as well as the extent to which the supply through the education and training pipeline is likely to meet future needs and demand for engineering skills.

The EngineeringUK Skills Partnership is a network of businesses working together to grow the engineering talent pipeline. The organisation’s expert team of regionally based business partnership managers work across the UK to support companies of all sizes, helping to drive sustainability in their businesses by supporting them to attract the right talent through engaging with young people in the most effective, impactful ways.

Through the Skills Partnership you can leverage insight and expertise to help establish a new or increase the impact of an existing talent pipeline programme, addressing individual company needs and priorities.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

Fujifilm DiosynthFUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies is an industry leading cGMP Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) supporting partners in the biopharmaceutical industry with the development and production of their biologic, vaccines and gene therapies.

With over 30 years of experience in process development and cGMP manufacturing, a dedicated staff of over 2,000 and a reputation for excellent customer service, flexibility and responsiveness, the company has become a trusted partner to some of the most prominent biotech developers and pharmaceutical companies in the industry.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies’ process development experience includes the development of processes for molecules expressed via fermentation, cell culture systems including CHO, HEK, Vero, MDCK, EB66 and insect cells, and from transgenic sources.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies’ network expands within four development and manufacturing facilities located in Teesside, the USA and Denmark.

Hays Travel

Hays TravelThe UK’s largest independent travel agent specialises in providing good value, quality holidays alongside excellent customer service. Hays Travel has come a long way from humble beginnings, with an annual turnover in excess of £1 billion, employing over 7,500 people, with more than 500 shops across the UK and over 292 experienced travel agents who work from their homes.

Fully ABTA and ATOL bonded, Hays Travel offers customers complete financial security, and its independent status means Hays can offer impartial advice to find people the perfect holiday. Hays Travel staff get involved in local community partnership projects, have been awarded Investors in People Silver status and has been included in the Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For in the UK, for three consecutive years.

Hays Travel has supported and developed young people through apprenticeships and previous training schemes for 40 years.  Hays Travel attributes the success of the business to the energy, enthusiasm and enterprise of its young people. The company remains committed to supporting young people wherever possible.

Health Education England (HEE)

Health Education England (HEE)HEE is part of the NHS and works with partners to plan, recruit, educate and train the health workforce. Health Education England sponsors the development of Trailblazer Apprenticeships in the Health Sector as part of Talent for Care and the strategic aims:

  • Get In – opportunities for people to start their career in a support role
  • Get On – support people to be the best they can be in the job they do
  • Go Further – provide opportunities for career progression.

Apprenticeships are a key Government and HEE priorities. With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and Reforms in 2017, HEE has continued to work with employers, government bodies and trade unions to continue the progression of the apprenticeship agenda in the NHS.

HEE has been mandated to contribute to the development of apprenticeship standards in health and is currently working with colleagues at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Skills for Health, as well as Trailblazer Chairs to make sure there are a wide range of standards from levels 2-7 available for employers and students to use.

Hodgson Sayers

Hodgson SayersHonesty, decency and integrity are Hodgson Sayers’ guiding principles. As a result, it has developed a loyal and dedicated team which has enabled a proactive learning culture so that it remains ambitious and at the forefront of activity within the sector.

Corporate social responsibility is high on the Hodgson Sayers agenda. It judges all its actions by the impact that they will have on Hodgson Sayers stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers and the communities in which it operates.The company respects and, where possible, seek to exceed the minimum expected requirements of all government regulations. It meets with employees on a regular basis to discuss the implications of new procedures and policies and their impact on the company and stakeholders.

Hodgson Sayers was the first company in the North East from the construction sector to gain Living Wage Accreditation. It believes it’s the right thing to do.

Founded in 1979 as Hodgson and Allon working initially on Flat Roofing in the local area we swiftly built a reputation for excellent customer service and professional attitudes, which continues today across all of the disciplines in which they operate including all aspects of roofing and building work, including manufacture and installation of fencing and security doors for clients across the UK including Utility providers, Councils, Universities and Housing Associations as well as private clients from its offices in Stanley, County Durham and Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.

Home Group

Home GroupHome Group is a housing association, social enterprise and charity with a turnover of over £367m and one of the UK’s largest providers of high-quality housing and integrated housing, health and social care.

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Home Group’s mission is to build homes, independence and aspirations for customers and communities.  As provider of integrated health, housing and social care, it:

  • Has been providing high quality care to customers and communities for over 80 years
  • Supports 110,000 people living in its 55,000 homes
  • Works with over 20,000 vulnerable people

As proud winners of National Large Apprentice Employer of the Year 2019 and North East Large Apprentice Employer of the Year 2020, Home Group is passionate about apprenticeships. It employs up to 130 apprentices a year to support customers and communities into employment and meet future skills needs. Home Group offers 24 different standards (L2 to L7) and over 60% of its apprenticeships filled by disadvantaged and diverse groups.  Home Group guarantees all apprentices a job and 80% of completers stay.


Huntsman logoHuntsman Polyurethanes is a global leader in MDI-based polyurethanes, serving over 3,000 customers in more than 90 countries. We have world-scale production facilities in the US, the Netherlands and China, and a global network of more than 30 downstream formulation facilities which are located close to our customers, providing highly differentiated, tailored solutions.

Polyurethane (PU) is one of the most versatile polymers available and can be used to create rigid and flexible foams, thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs), coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers. This versatility sees it being used in widespread applications across multiple industries.

Polyurethanes play a critical role in addressing many of the global megatrends affecting the world today. As the most effective thermal insulant in the market, MDI-based polyurethane is widely used to deliver energy savings solutions in residential and commercial buildings. It is used throughout the cold chain, in refrigerators and cold stores, helping preserve food.

Our lightweight composite materials improve the fuel efficiency of automobiles and forms of transportation; our coatings and TPUs provide protection and extend the life of many different products and applications; and our flexible cushioning foams provide superior comfort and enhance wellbeing. These are but a few examples of the benefits our products and solutions provide.

Industrial Technology Systems Ltd (ITS)

Industrial Technology Systems Ltd (ITS)ITS is a specialist automation systems integrator with over 29 years of experience in delivering the highest level of engineering solutions for highly regulated industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, chemical process- and energy sectors.

ITS provides innovative solutions to improve performance and efficiency through Manufacturing- and Management Information, Process Control, Vision System Solutions, and Regulatory Compliance Training Courses.

ITS made a strong commitment to guiding talented young people. As an engineering company, we believe that it is our responsibility to support young engineers as they begin their careers. We always keep one eye on the future, and this approach continues by appointing George Ritchie MBE, who chairs the NEAAN, as a non-executive director of ITS. Many years ago, ITS paved the way with an apprenticeship program and is committed to sustaining it, providing opportunities for the younger generation of engineers.


Intelect logoIntelect are an electrical and mechanical engineering company, who have been providing solutions to process industries, the renewable industry, and heavy industries for over 25 years.

We maintain an ongoing investment in our staff, infrastructures and capabilities, in order to respond to the needs of our clients, many of whom are market leaders in their own industries, including the likes of PEPSICO, KP Snacks, Nestle and Northumbrian Water to name but a few.

We have an excellent reputation for delivering projects on time and within budget, all whilst maintaining the highest standards in health and safety. Our award-winning workforce ranges from apprentices to project engineers, and we have specialist engineers who cover electrical installation, mechanical engineering, pipework, fabrication and design.

Our capabilities span from small bespoke projects to large turnkey solutions, making us a one-stop-shop for any of your engineering requirements.

Since 1998, apprenticeships have been the building blocks of our workforce, and in that time our award-winning programme has seen in excess of 100 apprentices successfully complete their training.

Of the apprentices we have trained over the years, 54% are still with us today and 19% hold a management role, a testimony to the success of our programme. Apprenticeships have allowed us to expand our capabilities as a business, resulting in us now having apprentices in all corners of our business at a range of educational levels, offering innovative ideas and new perspectives.

Having started their careers as apprentices themselves, the Director’s at Intelect have always understood the value that this type of training can bring, which is why we continue to invest in the young people of our area and provide meaningful careers.


JacobsWith $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

“Challenging today” is its response to the increasing complexity the world is experiencing. It calls on us to join forces, combining knowledge and imagination to reinvent the way problems are solved and shape the next generation of innovative solutions.

Reinventing tomorrow is a promise and an invitation to raise the bar in everything the firm does. From brilliant solutions created with clients, to its open and inclusive culture. From the positive difference in communities, to added value delivered to shareholders.

Jacobs is committed to inspiring and developing the next generation of engineers through its apprenticeship programme. The aim is to provide opportunities for apprentices to develop both personally and professionally through the integration of work, learning and mentoring during early careers with Jacobs. Each apprentice is assigned a mentor upon starting, who will guide the apprentice through finding the right decision, developing career solutions and providing additional support outside of the more formal relationship with their line manager.

JH Mechanical Services

JH Mechanical ServicesBased in Stockton-on-Tees, JH Mechanical Services is a leading provider of mechanical, electrical and water management services and installations across the North of England. Specialising in multi-site, public sector properties, it provides installation as well as packages to ensure the client’s statutory building service maintenance requirements are managed effectively and are fully compliant with the regulations.

Having entered the industry himself through an apprenticeship, managing director, John Heward built the workforce through training and is a proud Apprenticeship Ambassador, committed to the apprenticeship scheme and 20% of the workforce are apprentices.

The impressive client portfolio includes, amongst others, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Teesside University, Northern Education Trust, Newcastle University, Thirteen Group, Beyond Housing, Ministry of Defence and Tom Willoughby as well as a growing portfolio of NHS service providers. They remain focussed on providing their clients with the flexibility and responsiveness needed when delivering their services, and their goal is simple: to be the best company to work for and to work with.


The business has roots in the 19th century, with a company called Kenyon Produce – ‘KP’. From small beginnings trading in foods, the company turned its hand to crisps in the 1940s. KP Snacks today is now the UK’s second largest snack manufacturer, with seven manufacturing sites around the country and an HQ in Slough, Berkshire.

It’s also one of the UK’s most dynamic, award-winning food businesses. KP Snacks is passionate about people and proud of the exciting, rewarding careers it offers. KP is a team of happy snackers, always on the lookout for talented people. Wherever you work at KP Snacks, you’ll receive excellent training and support to help you be the best you can be.

KP Snacks is an expanding company and – because its part of the privately owned Intersnack Group – there’s always the possibility to develop a career further afield in Europe as well as in the UK. And, of course, it makes fantastic snacks!

Lookers plc

Lookers plcOne of the top three motor vehicle retailers in the UK, Lookers represent multiple vehicle manufacturers selling a huge range a car types.

It also operates a number of used car trade and service centres from hundreds of locations throughout the UK, along with offering fleet solutions for corporate clients.

Apprentices are an integral part of the business; it offers a dynamic and inclusive pathway providing support, progression and development to every Lookers apprentice.

Lookers has a strong tradition of delivering apprenticeships, recruiting around 100 Technical Apprentices annually, and offers market-leading training and benefits alongside a plethora of opportunities for unparalleled personal growth and achievement. This approach has led to Lookers Apprenticeship program becoming recognised nationally.

Find out more about Lookers and the Apprenticeships Program by searching “Lookers Apprenticeships”.

Newcastle Building Society

Newcastle Building SocietyNewcastle Building Society is the biggest building society in the North East, with a growing network of branches and assets of more than £4.4bn.  It has been there for members for over 150 years.

As a leading local employer, it is committed to growing the region’s talent and being a great place to work where people can realise their potential. Newcastle Building Society currently holds Platinum IIP, was voted Number 2, Best Places to Work in the North East in 2019, and received the Bronze award for Better Health at Work in 2019

It is dedicated to helping local communities make positive changes.  Through the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation, it makes grants available to a range of causes across the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

Since 2016 the financial support through grants and donations made from its Fund to benefit local causes has surpassed £2.1m. The Society also recently donated £100,000 to the Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund, which was used to help local charities helping the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak.


NissanNissan Sunderland has a history of recruiting apprentices, hiring 1,829 since 1986. During this time its offer has grown and currently has apprentices working across all areas of the plant. Awarded an ‘Outstanding’ for apprenticeship provision during its recent Ofsted inspection, as well as achieving a 98% completion rate in academic year 2019/20, parents can be assured that their child receives a high-quality learning experience.

Apprenticeships offer a fantastic experience, providing hands-on training and a chance to put skills into practice. This helps apprentices gain confidence in the working environment and apprenticeships at Nissan is like no other. They provide the chance to kickstart a career with a taste of what life is like at a world-leading car manufacturer, gaining qualifications from high quality training providers.  It’s a challenging role, but with support every step of the way. Nissan’s dedicated apprenticeships team, work with apprentices to ensure journeys are enjoyable and rewarding.

All apprentices attend a residential team building session, taking part in outdoor activities like gorge walking, orienteering, raft building and rope courses as well as problem solving activities. It’s a fantastic opportunity to improve communication skills, network and have fun.

Nissan also holds celebration events to recognise the achievements and success of apprentices.

Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County CouncilNorthumberland County Council strives to develop a strong and sustainable workforce and consequently is always looking to develop homegrown talent. We currently employ over 100 apprentices across all our services.

We encourage the upskilling of existing staff to meet the future workforce needs of our organisation through apprenticeship pathways, supporting Level 2 to Level 7.

As an employer ensure all learners receive good quality information, advice and guidance before, during and after their studies to have the best quality apprenticeship experience.

Northumbrian Water Limited

Northumbrian WaterNorthumbrian Water supplies 2.7 million customers in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.

In 2019, Northumbrian Water Group was named the world’s most ethical water company for the eighth time and placed in the top 20 Best Places to Work in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For list.

Northumbrian Water was also named the number one place to work in the North East. As well as providing its core services of water and sewerage, Northumbrian Water provides technical and consultancy services focusing on water and environmental issues.

North East England Chamber of Commerce

The North East England Chamber of CommerceThe Chamber is the North East’s largest business membership organisation, representing approximately 2,500 businesses located in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Durham, with members drawn from organisations of all sizes and sectors and employ over 40% of the region’s workforce.

It aims to ensure the voices of members, which include businesses and education providers, are heard by Government at a local, regional and national level. The Chamber works with members and stakeholders to establish the policy changes needed to ensure the apprenticeships and skills system can be more effective and able to offer all people in the region the opportunity to reach their full potential.

In addition to lobbying decision makers, it works with its membership to bring businesses and education providers together to provide young people and adults with quality training opportunities and meaningful experiences with employers, which is key to equipping the workforce with the skills needed in the future regional economy.

px Group

A leading provider of services in the process, energy and high complexity industrial sectors, px Group is responsible for processing around 30% of the UK’s gas supply and operate many UK key strategic sites on behalf of clients, including gas terminals, power plants, renewables, and chemicals sites.

For society to prosper and grow px Group sbelieve energy should be delivered in a safe, efficient and environmentally conscious manner. Its ‘owner-operator’ approach ensures its goals align with clients’ KPIs. px Group is extremely proud of its people, bringing owner’s mindset to relentlessly develop systems, solutions and workplace practices that deliver value and efficiency to society and customers.

px Group is the leading asset management company for the energy and high hazard industrial sections, across the renewables, upstream, downstream and midstream markets. It aligns with our customers’ key drivers and focus on delivering change through energy transition.


Siemens logoSiemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years.

Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries.

Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services.

In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange since September 28, 2020.

In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €58.5 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. As of September 30, 2019, the company had around 295,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations.

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Siemens Energy

Siemens EnergyGlobalisation, digitalisation, urbanisation, demographic change and climate change are drastically changing our environment and Siemens Energy can help to meet the growing demand for electricity while protecting the climate. We support our customers in the transition to a more sustainable world based on innovative technologies in generation, industrial applications, transmission and renewable energy.


Sintons logoSintons has a history stretching back over 120 years.  Throughout this period, the firm has operated from single office premises located in Newcastle and more recently has added an office in York. Whilst we are immensely proud of our roots, we have never allowed geography to limit our ambitions.  Indeed, many of our clients are based outside the region which is testament to both our reputation and the quality of the service we provide.

Our vision is to consistently set the standard for legal excellence and, in doing so, to be the law firm of choice for businesses, organisations and individuals. This is reflected in our values of teamwork, professionalism and excellent client service.  Our final value, our people, is the most important of all as without the dedication and commitment of everyone within the firm we will fail to realise our vision.  Our aim is to actively encourage and promote an attitude among everyone that the way to achieve excellence is by taking real pride in what we do and how we do it.

We differentiate ourselves from other law firms through the range of services we can offer, from property transactions and all aspects of commercial advice, for both the public and private sector, corporate work, private client matters, and personal injury litigation. Given this breadth of service offering there is no such thing as a typical Sintons client, but what brings the greatest sense of achievement is being able to advise a senior officer holder in a business on any aspect of their corporate or commercial matters whilst also being able to assist with their personal affairs.

At Sintons, we take the time to truly understand the needs of those considering us as their preferred legal adviser and continually strive to ensure that the service we provide makes a real difference to what they are seeking to achieve.

Tees Valley Combined Authority

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) was created in April 2016 to drive economic growth and job creation across five local authority areas: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees. Under the devolution deal with Government, TVCA holds responsibilities for key areas, including Education, Employment and Skills. On the 4th of May 2017, the people of the Tees Valley elected their first Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, who chairs the Combined Authority.

The Tees Valley is an area of significant economic opportunity. As it spearheads the path to net zero, the Tees Valley is increasingly recognised as an exemplar region in Clean Energy and the Hydrogen economy. Alongside continuing and new local regeneration programmes and exciting developments, including those taking place at the Teesworks site – the UK’s largest industrial zone; the Teesside Freeport – Britain’s biggest Freeport and the first to be operational; the Darlington Economic Campus, which will bring in some of the Government’s key departments to the town – including the Treasury; which are all driving economic growth and creating jobs.

The future of the Tees Valley is looking brighter than ever. Local people, including school leavers, can find good-quality, well-paid and fulfilling careers right on their doorstep. There are projected to be 10,000 job openings per year to 2027 in the Tees Valley with three quarters of those jobs requiring higher level skills.

TVCA’s vision is to make sure businesses have access to the skills they need to grow, as well as residents having the opportunity to develop and acquire the required skills and experience, at the required levels, to secure these roles. It wants to facilitate and influence the better integration of the region’s core assets – its individuals; businesses; and resources; to strengthen the overall employment and skills and careers education system.

Unipres UK Limited

Unipres UK LimitedPart of the global Unipres Corporation, Unipres UK Ltd has been based in Sunderland for over 30 years, employing over 1,000 people. Unipres is a supplier of steel pressings and sub-assemblies to the automotive industry whose main customers are Nissan and Renault.

In 2017 Unipres opened up its own Training Academy and became an employer provider and approved registered apprenticeship training Provider has empowered qualified, experienced internal staff to deliver and assess training within specific apprenticeship programmes.  We are strong supporters of the National Apprenticeship Service, employ an Ambassador for the NEAAN and have three Ambassadors for the YAAN, who all actively engage with people at events to promote the benefits of apprenticeships

Unipres has also developed a strategic approach to school engagement, guided and fully supported by the senior management team. Our aim is to provide opportunities for young people, teachers and organisations to engage with us, in effect offering a “flight path” to take young people all the way from an initial idea about engineering to a career.  The Unipres Cadet Programme gives students a chance to come to Unipres for a week for work experience. We work are STEM Ambassadors, piloted the engineering T level placement and are proud winners of the School Engagement Award at the North East Automotive Awards 2019 and 2020.


VenatorA global manufacturer and marketer of chemical products, comprising a broad range of pigments and additives, that bring color and vibrancy to buildings, protect and extend product life, and reduce energy consumption.

Venator markets products globally to a diversified group of industrial customers through two segments: Titanium Dioxide, which consists of our TiO2 business, and Performance Additives, which consists of our functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment and water treatment businesses.

Venator’s HQ is at Wynyard, and the firm employs around 4,000 associates worldwide and sell our products in more than 110 countries.

The business’ Greatham Site on the mouth of the river Tees is in an area known as the Greenabella marsh, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the wildlife, some very rare species on 245 acres of land with 54 acres developed. It employs 230 highly skilled, professional and experienced workforce.


VianetVianet are an Internet of Things company, with over 300 customers including a number of global blue-chip companies.

With more than 250,000 devices connected to Vianet’s platform, its experience and knowledge combine to form a powerful technology and insight capability that few can match delivering data insight and contactless payment solutions for the hospitality, unattended, food service and fuel sectors.

Vianet’s aim is to be the recognised leader in delivering unparalleled insight and actionable information that is game-changing for customers in their chosen sectors, as well as offering contactless payment devices in an end-to-end solution for the unattended market.

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