Education and training

World class universities offering a talented and skilled employment pool for investors

With over 100,000 students in the region, studying in leading-edge facilities, and over 5,000 further education courses to pick from, it’s easy to see why students choose to study here.

And, even better, 77% of students who graduate from a North East University stay and work in the region – one of the highest graduate retention rates in the UK.

Both Durham and Newcastle Universities are part of the prestigious Russell Group – 24 specially selected, research-intensive universities that contribute to the intellectual reputation of the UK across the globe.

Local government incentives and a young, motivated talent pool has seen North East England produce over 35,000 apprenticeship schemes (2014-2015) – the highest of any UK region.

And our regional colleges are offering students a diverse and hands-on approach to training. The Aviation Academy based at Newcastle International Airport allows students to develop their skills in a practical environment whilst working towards a vocational qualification.

A collaborative approach to research and development between our universities and private sector has strengthened our position as a high quality and innovative location to invest.

University/industry collaboration includes partnerships between Durham University and KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte; Newcastle University and PwC, Santander, P&G and Sage; Northumbria University and P&G, NHS and Northumbrian Water.

Our further education colleges have always forged strong partnerships with some of our biggest employers, helping to provide a steady flow of technical skills and talent. For example, Gateshead College works closely with Nissan to provide automotive engineering and low carbon skills to its Sunderland plant.

This approach has supported the North East’s Knowledge Economy Index grow by 30% (2009 – 2013). This growth encapsulates the consistent success of our innovation scene in creating, developing, honing and commercialising new technologies, processes and products to export around the world.


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