Client: University of Teesside
Source: Darlington & Stockton Times (Cleveland) (Main)
Date: 04 September 2009
is a victim of
by Graeme Hetherington
BUSINESSES across TeesValley OneDoor,' a partnership between
are reducing levelsof stafftraining Teesside University and
and development amid five further education colleges,
continuing concerns about the was recently launched to provide
economic downturn. a helping hand for businesses
New research released by and individuals who
OneDoor, the higher-level may benefit from access to
training network in the TeesValley, higher-level training, innovation
has shown more than half of support, business mentoring,
businesses are finding it difficult, careers guidance and financial
increasing concerns the subsidies.
downturn could dramatically The network can provide
reduce opportunities for training £10,000andwith funds of up up
the workforce. £500, to help
The study, conducted by the to training and meet the costs
department of academic enterprise The scheme innovation.
is a partnership
at TeessideUniversity,discoveredbetween Teesside University,
that 57 per cent of the Redcar and Cleveland College,
300-plus respondents admitted Darlington College, Stockton
to wanting to deliver staff training Riverside College, Hartlepool
and development, but felt PE College and Middlesbrough
that it was not a financial priority. College.
For more information, visit
Laura Woods, director of the onedoor.co.uk or call 0845-4630101.
project,said: "The results of this
survey demonstrate that regional
firms are keen to develop
their workforce and prepare for
potential future growth beyond
the recession. However,as with
so many decisions affecting
businesses at the moment, financial
considerations are taking
"Most of the participating
businesses recognised the need
to improve the skills of their
workforce to safeguard future
growth and ride out the recession.
In response to the findings,
we would advisebusinesses
and individuals to utilise
networks such as OneDoor to
prepare for a more positive future."