A TEESSIDE training centre has been hailed as a model for the rest of the country to follow by Conservative Party leader, David Cameron.
Mr Cameron was speaking after visiting the TTE Technical Training Group’s centre at South Bank.
He said he would be asking other members of his team to visit the centre to see how effective it was.
Mr Cameron said TTE understood the needs of business and young people.
TTE, which has training centres at Edison House in South Bank and at Wilton, delivers a wide range of Advanced Apprentices in mechanical, instrumentation, chemical, manufacturing and fabrication engineering disciplines.
It also holds Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status, which was awarded in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland College.
“I think it is very impressive because it is close to industry and it understands clearly how to work with young people and give the vocational training they need,” said Mr Cameron.
“It is also very flexible because it is running courses with the Learning and Skills Council and running courses specifically for different businesses.
“There are lots of interesting things happening here. I think the model they have of acting as the employer of the young person and then helping them find a job is very interesting.
“One of the things said to me that struck home was that all too often in Labour Britain we measure how many people have been through a process when what really matters is how many people get a job at the end of the process.
“This organisation is focused not just on how many people complete the course but how many get employed.”
Currently, TTE has more than 350 students at its training centres and, in total, more than 600 at various stages of their training. This is the highest number of students in the organisation’s 17 year history.
Mr Cameron said for many years people in politics have been saying there was not enough emphasis given to people on vocational courses, not enough emphasis on skills, and not enough apprentices.
“Here is one of the ways we can make a difference,” said the Conservative leader.
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During his visit to Teesside the Evening Gazette put a series of questions to Mr Cameron, posed by leading figures from the Tees Valley business community. You can read Mr Cameron’s answers to the questions in Tuesday’s business supplement and on nebusiness.co.uk