David Watson, managing director of Resources North East; Tom Wills, Sintons; Tom Doyle, owner of REN
Jamie Hardesty

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Resources North East invests in two new training facilities

A North East training provider is investing in two new facilities to create new jobs across the region.

Resources North East (RENE), a specialist in providing training to apprentices, is to open two new training centres in Sunderland and South Tyneside in a “significant” investment for the firm. The new centres add to its existing facilities in North Shields and Jarrow, and RENE will also introduce health and social care training into its portfolio

The business, which operates across the North East, is creating up to six new jobs through its expansion into the new centres in Southwick and Boldon – the latter of which will become its new headquarters - to add to its existing workforce of 34. Its additional capacity will allow it to offer training to over 500 trainees and apprentices each year.

RENE works with businesses and young people aged 14 and over to help develop apprenticeships in construction, IT and business administration. The firm is also adding to its offer to include health and social care training up to Level 5 Higher Apprenticeships

The business – which started life as an IT and software development company, and has since diversified to become a leading training provider – has seen a continually growing demand for its services, and now works with organisations across the region.

Apprenticeships are becoming an increasing priority for business, and the Government is targeting 3 million new apprentice positions being created nationally by 2020. It is also introducing a policy whereby businesses bidding for public sector contracts worth £10m or more must have a “reasonable proportion” of apprentices.

David Watson, Managing Director of RENE, said: “We have made big strides as a business over the past few years and our work has been acknowledged by our recent “Good” Ofsted report. We have strong relationships with many businesses and organisations across the North East and have been involved in the training of hundreds of their apprentices so far.

“With the opening of our two new centres, we will be able to offer training to more than 500 trainees and apprentices from right across the region each year. Additionally, we are now offering training in health and social care, which opens up a whole new sector for us and offers a lot of scope for further development for the business.

“Young people and apprentices are the future of the regional economy so it is vital that every effort is made to train and develop them properly – here at RENE, we are very pleased to be able to do that.”

Newcastle law firm Sintons has acted for RENE for a number of years, and has completed the property transactions for its two new properties.

Tom Wills, Associate in Sintons’ Real Estate team, said: “Resources North East is playing a key role in training in this region, enabling apprentices to develop their skills and begin their careers, as well as offering businesses the means to have a skilled and fully-trained workforce.

“These two new centres will enable them to increase capacity to train over 500, which is an incredible feat and will help set hundreds more young people on the paths to successful careers.”

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