North East Workforce skills programme


The Northeast Workforce Skills Programme is a European Social Fund project that aims to upskill the workforce within Tyne and Wear and Northumberland

The programme promotes:

  • Education
  • Skills and lifelong learning, offering employers higher level Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Training solutions, to support them to sustain and grow their businesses

The programme aims to support 17,560 employed participants by September 2023. The North East Workforce Skills Programme is being delivered by a consortium of Further and Higher Education training providers in the North East.


What is available?

Employers can utilise the ESF funding to address CPD & upskilling requirements within their business up to a maximum of €200,000 over a three-year period if private sector, and with no limit if public sector. Levy paying employers have already provided the Match Funding to support the ESF contract, this ensures that the programme can be accessed by all employers fully funded.

In order to be eligible, you must be an employed Northumberland or Tyne & Wear employee/employer and be a permanent UK resident.


TDR Training Ltd

TDR Training is the leading training provider in the region, offering bespoke Skills Development Programmes to enhance, upskill and retrain to meet future business needs.

TDR offers a range of Engineering training courses designed to provide CPD & upskilling to meet the needs of local employers across the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Business Management sectors.

The Engineering units we cover are:

  • AutoCAD
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Electrical Awareness
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • EAL Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (Accredited)
  • Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMA)
  • Mechanical Awareness
  • Metal Active Gas Welding (MAG)
  • Oxy Fuel Cutting (Burning)
  • The 18th Edition: IET Wiring Regulations Course (Accredited)
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Fundamental Inspection, Testing & Internal Verification (Accredited)
  • Tungsten Inert Gas Welding (TIG)
  • Manual Handling
  • COSHH Awareness
  • IOSH Working Safely (Accredited)
  • IOSH Managing Safely (Accredited)
  • EAL Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (Accredited)


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