Young workers from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) are playing a significant role in driving forward a national skills agenda.
The achievements of Joe Henderson and Michael Stokes have been championed by the Technicians Make It Happen campaign.
Highlighting their successes in online biographies, 19-year-old Process Technician Joe – who recently completed a Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship – and 22-year-old Equipment Technician Michael, were also celebrated in a Technicians Make It Happen presentation at Newcastle’s Great Exhibition of the North.
A three-month celebration of the area’s pioneering spirit, the Great Exhibition of the North focused upon how the region’s inventors, artists and designers are helping build the economy of tomorrow.
The Technicians Make it Happen initiative, backed by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, aims to address a marked skills gap, with the UK expected to need as many as 700,000 new technicians by 2020 to meet business demand, triggered by company expansions and employee retirements.
Emphasising the importance of technicians across numerous sectors, the movement highlights how their knowledge on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) provides vital production and problem-solving support to next generation manufacturing.
Jodie Coe, CPI People Development Director, said: “People are at the centre of the work we do, and our relentless focus on being a learning organisation offers everyone a chance to discover and grow.
“We have a wealth of talent, which is applying innovative thinking to aid the development of products and processes capable of shaping the future.”