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Grassland management demonstrations at the first Grassland North event at Newton Rigg College in 2013

Newton Rigg College event will see £5m of grassland management equipment on display

Grassland North will feature working demonstrations from leading companies, Kuhn, Krone, Fendt and Massey Ferguson

The Core Science Central building

How Newcastle's Science Central is updating its industrial past

From coal mining to data mining, the city centre site is now bringing the jobs of the future to Tyneside

Archie Andrews 1958 ventriloquist's dummy with Peter Brough ventriloquist

Les Walton: When it comes to swearing in schools it is OK to be old-fashioned

Journal columnist Les Walton, chairman of the Northern Education Trust, picks through a minefield of industrial language

Oxfam shop

Stephen Lambert: Scrapping citizenship A-levels is a foolish and short-sighted move

Stephen Lambert says students need citizenship skills more than ever - yet the qualification in the subject is likely to be scrapped

Nickie Gott from Chester-le-Street who was the victim of tasteless spam emails

NECC launches its general election programme for women in business

The chamber are calling for action to encourage and support greater levels of female entrepreneurship, and to bridge the gender gap in skills.

From left, Ian Powley and Rae Tomlinson of Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd, with Newton Rigg College students and staff

Carrs Billington offers £6,000 of scholarships to students at Newton Rigg College

Principal Wes Johnson speaks of 'valuable endorsement' of college's policy of creating 'work-ready' individuals

From left, Naljets apprentices Beth Winter, Andrew Barnett and Steph Parkin with managing director Craig McLeod

Appointments: Apprentices take off at Naljets

Four apprentices at Annitsford-based Naljets have been given full-time positions with the aircraft management services firm

Les Walton, chair of the Northern Education Trust at the Cobalt Business Exchange

Why we need a C in every subject from the incoming government

Les Walton, chair of the Northern Education Trust, outlines his wish-list for whoever is in charge of the country after May 7

Northumberland farmer's son Robert Thompson, who works at George F White

George F White gives Newcastle University students insight into renting farms

Broxfield Farm, near Alnwick, proved the perfect choice for practical demonstrations, featuring a traditional building converted into a classroom

A Costa coffee shop

Scores of North East apprenticeships to be created by leisure firm Whitbread Plc

In Newcastle alone, there are 20 apprentices with a commitment to raise this to 123 apprentices in the next five years

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

As Sir Alan Beith bows out as Berwick MP, his thoughts on the years ahead

Journal columnist Kate Thick talks to retiring Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith on justice, the EU and who really deserves the credit for A1 dualling

Discovery School on Blandford Street, Newcastle

Free schools: Are they a recipe for success or disaster?

Free schools such as The Discovery School in Newcastle - which welcomed its first pupils in September - are aiming o bridge the skills gap

Brenda McLeish, Learning Curve Group

Learning Curve Group has ambitions to expand its operations overseas - sponsored feature

Brenda McLeish, chief executive officer of Learning Curve Group, believes upskilling is beneficial and accessible to all, at any time and anywhere  - sponsored feature

Intraining logo

North East firm Intraining swing into the red with pre-tax loss of £1.39m

The training and apprenticeships provider lost a key contract to deliver the Government's Work Programme in North East Yorkshire and Humber

Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp: UK businesses cannot afford a power vacuum after the election

Regional director of the CBI calls on new Government to commit to the EU but see ambitious reform of it

Judith Moran

Learning Curve Group sold in multi-million pound deal backed by private equity funds

Co-founders Judith Moran and Tony Outhart exit the business as management trio take over

Hannah Furness

Surveying industry appeals for more North East women to join its ranks

RICS launch campaign to encourage more North East women to consider surveying as a career option, in a bid to tackle workforce diversity issues

Profound Services managing director Steven Ward

Training provider helps 69 people enter the construction industry in the North East

Profound Services delivers eight-week programme that prepares 16-18 year olds for life in the construction sector

Jeremy Middleton

Our students need literacy, numeracy - and employability

Jeremy Middleton welcomes the opening of the new Studio West School in Newcastle on Wednesday


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