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BUDGET INCREASE: Mayor signs off millions of pounds for adult education and training

BUDGET INCREASE: Mayor signs off millions of pounds for adult education and training

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has signed off millions of pounds in extra funding for adult education across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.

The new cash will allow people from across the region to develop the skills needed to take advantage of the thousands of jobs that are being created, including those on the Teesworks site and at the Teesside Freeport.

Colleges and training providers will see their Adult Education Budget’s increased by more than £2million, with £1.3million going to Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The funding increase comes after a number of major job announcements for the region, including the news that the UK’s biggest freeport will be set up in Teesside and hundreds of government jobs from the Treasury and the Department of International Development will be moving to Darlington as part of the government plan to move civil servant out of London.

The Teesside Freeport will create over 18,000 good quality, well-paid jobs over the next five-years and pump billions of pounds into the local economy. And the first jobs have already been secured with GE Renewable Energy revealing in March that they will build their new state-of-the-art factory to manufacture blades for offshore wind turbines at Teesworks. GE only took the decision to come to Teesside, rather than expand their facility in France, because a freeport was secured in the Spring Budget.

Mayor Houchen said: “We’re making huge progress delivering the good-quality, well-paid jobs local people want to see created.

“GE will create over 2,000 skilled jobs for local workers after we secured the UK’s biggest freeport, plans have been given the green light for 4.5million sq ft of state-of-the-art manufacturing space; ideal for the offshore wind industry that will create 9,000 jobs and over 500 well-paid jobs have been created across the Teesworks site getting the land ready for private investment.

“But as I’ve always said, it’s critical that local people have the skills needed to take advantage of the thousands of jobs we’re creating. This extra funding that I am providing will mean our colleges and training providers can deliver even more high-quality education and training so that local people from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool can develop the skills they need to forge a fulfilling career in the region.”

Jill Mortimer, Conservative MP for Hartlepool, said: “I am thrilled Hartlepool College has received extra funding from Mayor Houchen. This funding will allow the college to provide more high-quality adult education, respond to the training needs of employers and introduce new skills programmes so that local people across Hartlepool can gain the skills our businesses are crying out for.

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