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North East Universities Enter Joint Agreement

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Education providers and regional councils in the north east have entered into a joint agreement that could create more than 5,000 advanced manufacturing jobs.

A joint-agreement has been struck by Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council with the University of Sunderland College and South Tyneside College to ensure that there are enough skilled workers for the proposed International Advanced Manufacturing Park.

The scheme is expected to generate £295 million in private sector investment alongside the creation of more than 5,200 jobs by 2026/27.

Due to the project, those education providers involved will do all they can to equip young people with the skills required to work at the site.

In particular the University of Sunderland is to invest in its facilities and curriculum to ensure graduates leave with the skills needed by employers.

Councillors Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "We absolutely recognise the importance of a long-term strategic plan to deliver the skilled people we will need to ensure this park is sustainable for many, many years to come."

Set in a prime location for new offshore manufacturing businesses, logistics and automotive companies the 100-hectre site will become a hub for advanced manufacturing.

The goal of the partnership is to be the driving force behind young people leaving education with the skills and support structure needed so they can work in a very important sector.