SKILLS and training company Avanta has opened a new site in the Tees Valley.
The firm, which provides private sector employment-focused skills training, has opened the base in Redcar.
The office was officially opened by Redcar MP Vera Baird.
She said: “I welcome any private sector organisation that is committed to delivering sustainable employment solutions for the people of Redcar.
“I wish Avanta every success and feel they have an important role to play in bringing further prosperity to my constituents.”
The Avanta group includes business start-up business InBiz, which has had a presence in Redcar since 2002, offering self employment and business start-up support programmes.
In 2006 InBiz merged with TNG to form Avanta.
The new office is the first in the UK to deliver programmes from the whole of the Avanta Group, including TNG, which offers employment and skills training for the unemployed, employees and organisations.
Janette Faherty, chief executive of Avanta, said: “The merger of TNG with InBiz in 2006 enabled us to offer a total solution for taking people from welfare into work.
“Whether you are a budding entrepreneur, simply looking for the right type of training and support in order to get back into employment, or seeking to improve your skills, our Redcar office now offers a high quality service helping both individuals and organisations to achieve their goals.”
The Redcar office will deliver a range of New Deal programmes for young people (18-24), for adults, for the over-50s, and for lone parents providing support, advice and guidance to assist the unemployed into employment or self employment.
Two further Avanta initiatives, BusinessClub365 - an on-line resource for small and medium-sized firms - and Advance365 - an on-line learning management system providing over 450 e-courses - will also be available from the new office.