IntoWork17 blog: Connecting education, employment and skills

6 July 2017

Tees Valley Combined Authority has been presenting at the Into Work Convention with a highly positive and and constructive session that looked at the gap between education and skills and how we can go about addressing this.

The convention is a great opportunity for people and governing bodies that are passionate about addressing the skills gap to get together and share in what they are doing to get more people with the right skills.

With a clear agenda to drive up standards in secondary schools, develop a high quality, careers and education guidance system, increase opportunities for Traineeships and Apprenticeships and reduce unemployment through training incentives, the Tees Valley Combined Authority is ticking a lot of boxes by delivering the right messages and it is clear that our policies are supported nationally.

With the devolution deal comes more responsibilities at a local level and we now have the powers to handle these issues, driving up the standards in the education system and thereby enabling the future generations with the necessary skills and education to find employment.

There are calls for a more supportive employability programme that encourages people in to work and for this, we need to create a strong leadership that better coordinates the careers and education system and can deliver on these education and skills initiatives.

Tees Valley Combined Authority are looking forward to addressing the challenges in education and skills and are confident we can deliver better outcomes for people and employers. If you want to get in touch with the Tees Valley Combined Authority skills team, please contact