The QT

Friday 19 July 2024
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2 May 2024

Employers challenged to attract talent

North East employers should be more creative in their approaches to recruitment and retention as they seek to fill the region’s growing skills and people gaps. That’s the key message to come out of a regional summit bringing together industry leaders with a shared mission to identify sector-wide trends and challenges. Education providers, SMEs and …

Constructing careers to build a workforce

A joint initiative to plug Tees Valley’s construction skills gap has won warm praise with three trainees on the cusp of taking their first steps into the industry. Esh Construction and Middlesbrough College joined forces to deliver the Constructing Careers programme. With a remit to ‘engage, enable and excite’ underrepresented groups, by teaching entry level …

Tribute to ‘the King’ of Sunderland

Two men were responsible for the lifelong love affair/affliction* which has been my relationship with a football club. The first was my dad. He would be left with his two children to look after each Saturday as my mother went out to a part-time job to supplement my father’s wage as a pitman. My father, …

Eyes and ears

SYCAMORE GAP CHARGES: Two men have been charged in connection with the felling of the famous Sycamore Gap tree in Northumberland. The pair were arrested last October and Northumbria Police confirmed they had been on bail since then.  Daniel Graham, 38, and Adam Carruthers, 31, both from Cumbria, have been charged with criminal damage and …

Despair over plight of unpaid carers

A leading North East advocate for people with neurological conditions has accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of penalising unpaid carers who look after their loved ones and setting them up to fail. Carers from across the region are being forced to repay the government after breaking earning rules set by the DWP, …

Lindisfarne — standing the test of Tyne

It won’t surprise anyone who knows me — or where I came from, genes-wise — to hear that more often than not, the direction of these columns is pretty much decided as the deadline looms. Sometimes they’re shaped by a song on the radio; or prompted by a post I’ve seen on social media. Other …

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