NIACE expands national Traineeship Programme with Humber LEP

22nd September 2014

NIACE is delighted to announce a new working partnership with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to show how Traineeships – the Government’s flagship training programme for young people – in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will help prevent future skills shortages and skills gaps in the region. This latest work follows NIACE’s successful STEM work with the Dorset LEP.

The Humber LEP demonstration pilot project will raise awareness of Traineeships, help the LEP create better contacts with more employers and support those local employers to create the right Traineeship opportunities that will help fill current and future jobs.

Tom Stannard, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“Having proven skills in STEM subjects are a priority for many employers across the country and not only in the Humber region. We are delighted to be working with the Humber LEP, following our very successful and ground-breaking work with the Dorset LEP.

“As we have stressed in our manifesto – Skills for Prosperity – providing comprehensive skills training is the only way to ensure a sustainable recovery that benefits everyone. Skills shortages are the biggest threat to sustainable and equitable economic growth for communities across the country. Employers are crying out for skilled workers, especially in the STEM industries. Young people are eager for opportunities to get the skills they need for fulfilling and sustainable careers.

“Traineeships are a great way to fill that gap, particularly in a region that has a strategic focus on a number of key industries – including renewable energy, manufacturing, logistics and chemicals – as well as the development of the innovative Humber Energy Skills Campus.”

Mike Parker, Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board, said:

“The Humber LEP has recognised the need to promote STEM and the very many current and future career opportunities in this area of growing importance in our region. Traineeships offer a real progression pathway to further training and employment and align directly with apprenticeship growth which is a key driver for the Humber. We are delighted to be working on this national pilot and look forward to our employers’ response.”