10 Dec 2019
The SIP North East group met in Darlington in November. The meeting was well attended with representatives from Fujifilm, CPI, Johnson Matthey, Polymer Compounders, Lotte, ConocoPhillips and SABIC and well as NEPIC and Tees Valley Combined Authority. The group shared skills challenges they were facing such as retention of engineers and mental health awareness and the best practice companies were using to deal with these. The chair of SIAC gave a progress update and again the group was praised for their fantastic work in supporting these apprentices. There are plans to expand the SIP NE group in 2020 with an open meeting planned for Q1. A productive discussion with all stakeholders took place to shape this meeting to ensure it represented the needs of local employers.
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