Welcome to the first edition of our 2020 Vision supplement for 2014. In this edition we have a diverse range of features focusing on the North East economy and, more specifically, its future. Just four years after the Conservatives set out to scrap regional plans, the North East is back to the drawing board with a new era of strategic planning. Regional Affairs Correspondent Adrian Pearson looks at where the money goes.
Dr Wendy Allen, Principal of the new Discovery School in Newcastle, explains why she believes more must be done to encourage young people to study maths and science to boost the engineering sector and what she is doing to make it happen.
The very first Digital Leaders North East salon, kicks off in Newcastle tomorrow. Acting Chair Gary Cole shares with Vision how joined-up thinking and cross-sector collaboration is the key to the digital transformation in the North East.
The Journal has earned a reputation for campaigning on behalf of North East businesses and this year will be no different. Last year we started our Proud to Back Apprentices campaign, supported by a host of major players in the business world, our aim is to narrow the skills gap.
Our centre spread shows encouraging data, but there is still a great deal to do. Figures from the National Apprenticeship Service indicate apprenticeships in the region are higher than anywhere in the UK, but companies are being told they need to create more positions in order to meet demand.
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