The North East 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 the 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.


The Engineering units we cover are:

Abrasive Wheels
Electrical Awareness
Business Improvement Techniques
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)
IOSH Working Safely (Accredited)
IOSH Managing Safely (Accredited)
Manual Turning (Lathe)
Milling, Turning
EAL Industrial Environmental Awareness Level 2
Introduction to Fluid Power Systems (Pneumatics & Hydraulics)


The Science units we cover are:

CGMP Manufacturing Awareness
Control of Major Accidents and Hazards (COMAH) & Permit Writing Awareness
Process Manufacturing Programme – Principles of drying, distillation, mixing and blending
Process Manufacturing Programme – Process Chemistry, Separation and Crystallisation
Process Manufacturing Programme – Heat Transfer & Maths for Technicians and finally Process Manufacturing Programme
Quality, Process Sampling and Laboratory


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