The director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership has visited County Durham to find out how businesses, charities and the local authority are working together to help young people build a successful future.
Henri Murison met with Cllr Amanda Hopgood, the Leader of Durham County Council, in Peterlee on Friday to find out about DurhamWorks. This is a countywide programme led by the council that supports young people to gain the skills, qualifications and experiences they need to progress into jobs, training and education.
The pair also visited Magnitude Biosciences; a research organisation based in NETPark near Sedgefield, which provides the kind of high skilled jobs essential for Levelling Up the region.
Both DurhamWorks and Magnitude Biosciences have benefited from European Union (EU) funding and Mr Murison and Cllr Hopgood are calling on the government to ensure County Durham and the rest of the north receive a fair settlement from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
This will replace funding due to cease following the UK’s exit from the EU, but analysis from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership indicates the north east could be almost £35 million worse off.
Business Durham, the council’s business support service which manages NETPark, supported the organisation’s relocation to the science, engineering and technology park in May 2020. Magnitude Biosciences has also received money from the European Regional Development Fund to help it expand and has employed PHD students funded through EU grants.Source: The Northern Echo