Welcome to the fifth 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, education, training and skills.
Plans for a North East Schools Challenge were first recommended by Lord Adonis, based on a London scheme in which £80m was spent turning around results in inner-city schools.
Education Reporter Ruth Lognonne explains how the programme now has the cash to get under way after it emerged as one of the successful parts of the region’s Local Growth Fund bid.
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership will plough £4.7m a year for six years into developing good leadership and improving careers advice. Outstanding school leaders will share good practice with others, while governors with a business background and enterprise advisers will be installed.
Ensuring there is a steady supply of skilled staff is vital to the future of the North East’s rapidly growing subsea and offshore sectors, as our Energy writer Peter McCusker discovers.
Business writer Robert Gibson finds out how one North East company is investing in executive education to upskill its workforce .
Elsewhere, cloud services now dominate talk in the technology sector and in 2014 the market for them reached an estimated $158bn. Business Writer Tom Keighley discovers how in a North East office 100 of the brightest minds in software development are leading the charge into the marketplace.
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