Business Solutions, at City of Sunderland College.

“We are proud to sponsor the Learning, Training and Skills category.

“We are proud to sponsor the Learning, Training and Skills category. As a provider of innovative education, training and service solutions, we know the value that investing in skills can bring to your business.

“As a team, we are committed to using all our business and industrial expertise to develop your business and to help you to become more competitive.

“That may be by providing you with our expertise and to support you in developing new systems, or in managing and operating in a new way. It may be by providing you with learning and training that leads to national qualifications, or perhaps the solution is to develop training programmes that are specific to your organisation and your needs. To identify the solution that will work for you, we always ensure that you are a core part of our team - by listening to you, we identify the requirements of your organisation and ensure that the solutions are long lasting and bring about genuine, measurable change.”

University of Tesside

Professor Graham Henderson, Teesside University vice chancellor, said: “The University of Teesside is delighted to sponsor the Learning, Training and Skills Award.

“Absolutely central to our work as a University is working with employers to support their high-level skills needs and to collaborate in helping to deliver economic success and competitiveness for our Tees Valley home.

“These awards showcase the work of many employers and their commitment to the learning, the training and the skills development of their colleagues.”

Newcastle College

Jackie Fisher, principal and chief executive, said: “Newcastle College is proud to be sponsoring the Learning, Training and Skills category for the fifth consecutive year.

“As previous North East Company of the Year winner 2005, the college is committed to excellence in training and learning. As further testament to this, it has recently invested £8.6m into a new state-of-the-art employer training and conference centre that will provide a skilled workforce for the future.”

Train To gain

Chris Roberts, regional director, of the Learning and Skills Council North East, said: “Train to Gain aims to help organisations get the training they need to stay ahead in a competitive environ- ment by improving the skills of the workforce.

“The service offers impartial advice and matches training needs to local learning providers, to ensure that flexible, responsive training and development support is delivered to meet employers’ needs.

“The Learning, Training and Skills Award recognises the investment employers make in the skills development of their workforce and will no doubt be hotly contested in the sub-regional events.”

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