A leading North East businessman has called on companies in the region to support its young people through training and apprenticeships, addressing the shortage of skilled engineers.
Bryan Bunn, founder of Nortech Solutions Ltd, made the plea at Teesside University’s Business Exchange in Darlington.
He said: “Engineers are an ageing workforce, yet they are increasingly in demand. We need to support young people in the North East through apprenticeships, and by taking on graduates, to give them the high level of skills we need as employers. The apprenticeship I began when I was 16 put me on the path to becoming an engineer and eventually setting up my own company.”
In just two and half years, the Teesside-based Nortech has grown its workforce from four to 85. It won New Business of the Year at The North East Business Awards earlier this year, while Bunn himself was shortlisted in the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards.
The company has taken on two apprentices, as well as four Teesside University Engineering graduates. Bunn, who graduated with an MBA from Teesside University as a mature student, intends to recruit more annually.
He added: “As I rose up the ranks I really felt the lack of a degree. Studying at Teesside University taught me a lot – not least the value of my own experience. One of the core values of my business is training and development.”