North East companies are being encouraged to get involved in a new education concept which aims to equip a generation with the skills businesses need.
Studio West in Kenton, Newcastle, is one of 13 new Studio Schools being spearheaded by the Government and the only one in the country to house real businesses on its premises.
The school, which counts entrepreneur Jeremy Middleton – CEO of £50m Newcastle-based investment firm Middleton Enterprises – among its board, will be supporting Studio West as it holds a business engagement seminar at Kenton School, on Monday.
Companies involved in the school, which is sponsored by Kenton Schools Academy Trust, will have the chance to help develop the curriculum, mentor pupils and offer them work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.
Middleton said: “Studio West will lead the way nationally to help young people bridge the gap between education and work and I would encourage all businesses to back it.”