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Imagine a region with over a hundred years of engineering history, a proven track record of innovation and achievement plus a unique accumulation of engineering skills, knowledge and talent.
Imagine a region where companies, learning organisations and support groups are working together in collaborations and partnerships to equip themselves for a sustainable future by developing capabilities that can compete with the best at all engineering levels, anywhere in the world.
Imagine no more...The reality is North East England.
The North East of England is a region with a long proud industrial and process industry heritage. It is a place where people who are passionate about Engineering Construction live and work. In this region there is a sufficient industrial and academic intensity in Engineering based industries to make it one of the premier locations in the world for Process Industry Manufacturing. Indeed the UK 's largest petrochemical complex is based here around the UK 's largest port and storage complex. What is more a third of the UK 's Pharmaceutical GDP is produced in the region.

North East  companies continue to thrive in the North East of England. Since 2003 there has been over £1 billion of investment, in excess of 40 projects, by multinational companies in the process industry sectors alone. As well as work carried out in the region lots of North East companies carry out projects throughout the UK and Worldwide. Client Companies based here say that the intimacy of service they receive from the Engineering Construction supply chain companies in this region is a major factor in their success.


Big Bang Fair


The ECITB was at the Big Bang Fair (North East) held at Teesside University on the 1st July. The Big Bang Fair is part of a UK wide programme led by EngineeringUK, and raises the profile of young people’s achievements in STEM. The event was very well attended by numerous schools from across the region, and the “build a wind turbine” K’NEX challenge proved to be a real hit amongst the budding engineers of the future.



Skills & Training Charter


Congratulations to those North East companies that have signed up to the ECITB Skills and Training Charter.  These companies were presented with their framed charters recently.  The Skills and Training Charter is an agreement that companies will work in partnership with the ECITB to ensure that there is ongoing planning and undertaking of training and upskilling within their organisations, enabling workforces to have the skills and knowledge needed to ensure the skills base of the engineering construction industry remains effective and competitive within the global market.





Idec Technical Services Limited

Studsvik UK


Industrial Technology Systems Limited

Cordell Group


North East Open Night Thursday 12th March 2015


The 2015 apprentice open night took place on Thursday 12th March 2015 at Middlesbrough Football club.

The event was well attended by 600 people and the following company’s and stakeholders attended.

Oceaneering, Jacobs, Balfour Beatty, Elring Klinger, Neta, TTE, Middlesbrough College, Hartlepool College, Teesside University, Job Centre Plus and the GMB Union.





Local specialist training firm Teesside Rigging & Lifting are celebrating after gaining approval from the ECITB to run the new 5 week rigging course Lifting & positioning Loads which is undertaken at the training centre over a 5 week period and results in the candidate achieving the new Level 2 QCF Lifting & Positioning Loads qualification.

After a rigorous approval process Teesside Rigging & Lifting are now the only training provider in the UK who have been granted approval to run this 5 week rigging course.

The programme has been introduced to address the skill requirements of people trying to get into the oil and gas industry and start a career in rigging & lifting in both the onshore and offshore sectors. 

Stephen Smith, Managing Director of Teesside Rigging and Lifting said: “We are currently experiencing a massive skills shortage and especially in the rigging & lifting industry. This is a great opportunity for us to help combat the current skills shortages by delivering this approved ECITB course which gives people an entry level qualification into this industry that will help them gain employment in the onshore & offshore industry”

Steve added “The offshore industry is currently booming with billions being invested year on year and the manpower and skills to keep these sites and installations in safe and working order is an ongoing struggle for the oil companies and service providers to get skilled personnel. It is absolutely essential that we get people trained with the relevant skills in the UK and into these positions or they could be filled with manpower from outside the UK”.

Teesside Rigging & Lifting are also trying to help forces personnel and ex forces personnel who want to seek employment in the oil and gas industry. The Armed Forces dramatic reduction in size is to achieve targets outlined in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. It is being reduced by 33,000, or 19% of the total. By 2020, 5,000 from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and approximately 19,500 from the Army will be made redundant. Many of these Service leavers possess valuable skills that are perfectly transferrable to roles in the energy sector.

Photo's of some of the first cohort of trainees on the new ECITB approved rigging course:






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