North East businesses hit out after loss of training fund despite thousands of apprenticeships

Business leaders have hit out at plans to axe a vital training fund – even as new figures show the benefits of investing in apprentices.

Business secretary Vince Cable boasted that the Government has fulfilled its commitment to starting two million apprenticeships since the last election.

And in the North East, there have been 143,800 apprenticeship starts since May 2010.

But now, despite the region making up 7.2% of the country’s overall apprentice intake, businesses have criticised the Government’s proposal to divert money away from training providers and give businesses direct control of the funding of their own apprenticeships.

They warned it could lead to a dip in the number of firms offering schemes – especially among especially small and medium enterprises – taking the region right back to square one.

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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