Skills

North East England has a highly-skilled, loyal workforce, trained in the very latest manufacturing processes and techniques.  More than 116,000 people work in manufacturing roles and 69,000 of those are specialist workers employed in advanced manufacturing businesses.

With exceptionally low attrition rates, companies locating here can be confident to invest in training their staff for future growth. The North East also offers highly competitive salary costs for advanced manufacturing jobs. To employ an engineer in the North East is around a third less than London and cheaper than most other UK regions including the West Midlands and Scotland.

International companies such as CaterpillarKomatsu, Marelli, Faltec, Nestle, Vantec Europe Ltd, Proctor and Gamble and SMD chose to locate major manufacturing facilities in the North East because of the ready availability of a skilled engineering workforce. They can recruit skilled and experienced staff in automotive, food and drink, pharmaceuticals and cross-sector fabrication with ease.

Companies moving to the North East can gain a competitive advantage by collaborating with our universities and benefiting from their expert industry knowledge. 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 careers in advanced manufacturing. 

Local colleges and universities offer over 300 advanced manufacturing-related courses, many of which are integrally linked to the prospective job market. The Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) at Sunderland University, for example, provides access to cutting-edge industry expertise.

The region’s talent pool is strengthened by a wealth of students specialising in science and engineering subjects primed for the workplace. There are over 110,000 students across our five universities, with over half studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, ensuring a large talent pool of future industry-ready employees.