North East England has a highly-skilled, loyal workforce trained in the very latest manufacturing processes and techniques, with exceptionally low attrition rates meaning that companies can be confident to invest in training their staff.

The automotive sector directly employs more than 20,000 skilled people and 116,000 are employed in wider manufacturing roles. This ensures that international OEMs such as Nissan, Caterpillar and Komatsu are able to attract the right talent and skills required for their global operations. Our workforce is so efficient that Nissan’s Sunderland plant has been Europe’s most productive car plant for the past seven years, based on the number of cars produced annually for every person employed.

North East England’s talent pool is strengthened by a wealth of students specialising in manufacturing and engineering subjects. There are more than 120,000 students in the region’s five universities, with over half studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, ensuring a large talent pool of future industry-ready employees. 

Our five universities and higher education institutions work hand-in-hand with industry and business networks to develop and deliver bespoke training courses, giving the workers of the future the technical skills they need for the automotive sector. Local colleges and universities offer over 300 advanced manufacturing-related courses, many of which are integrally linked to the prospective jobs market.

Gateshead College is a valued training provider for Nissan and several of its major suppliers. It develops bespoke training packages in dedicated training facilities, including its flagship Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics.

The Institute of Electrification and Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (IESAM) is the first institute to address the industry need for PEMD training in the North East. The project brings together the North East Institute of Technology and key regional higher education and further education providers. It’s funded by the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, co-funded by Newcastle University, and delivered by Innovate UK for UK Research and Innovation.