Two familiar faces arrived on Tyneside yesterday to tell businesses how to get the training they need to stay ahead of the competition.
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched Train to Gain - a service offering new training opportunities to workers across the region. And yesterday TV stars David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh, who play Roy and Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, were on Newcastle Quayside to promote the new service.
The LSC's vision is that by 2010, young people and adults in England will have the knowledge and skills matching the best in the world and will be part of a truly competitive workforce.
A core element of Train to Gain will be an offer of fully funded Skills for Life and first Level 2 National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). Although open to all employers, Train to Gain is being aimed particularly at "hard to reach" companies, such as those who have not previously taken up the Employer Training Pilot.