Andy Buckworth has been appointed executive director at the employer-focused £20m training centre being built at Middlesbrough College.
The STEM centre will open in September providing employers and students with world class training in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Andy, who grew up in the North East, says he’s delighted to take charge at the centre, which will provide real solutions to the skill challenges faced by employers.
He said: “It would be an understatement to say I’m excited.
“The opportunity that exists within the North East for inward investment and growth of our regional industries is huge, but it must be matched by a world class skills and competency base – the £20m STEM Centre at Middlesbrough College is set to deliver those skills and competencies.”
A steering group, made up of leading employers and key business organisations, provided Middlesbrough College with precise details on what those skills and competencies, and training equipment, should look like.
This means the skills that trainees will learn in the STEM centre are fully matched to the ‘on the job’ skills needed in the work place.
Andy says: “The result is a blended solution that will provide this region with a skills base, able to fuel growth leading to new and further investment resulting in prosperity for the next generation.”
Andy’s career and wealth of experience – including 22 years spent at TTE Technical Training Group – made him the ideal candidate to lead the centre.
He said: “For some time I had observed the growth and success of Middlesbrough College, then my excitement grew when I learned of the region’s vision to create a world class STEM facility with a £20m investment.
“The opportunity to use my previous experience in my native region, coupled with my understanding of employers’ competency needs, was the attraction that ultimately shaped my decision to join Middlesbrough College.”