Future jobs in the north-east of England

20th February 2019 by Richard Allnutt

In the north-east the Local Enterprise Partnership has identified 4 ‘business opportunity areas’ which, it is hoped, will provide loads of future jobs for our young people. They are;

  • Digital
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Health and Life Science
  • Subsea, Offshore and Energy Technology

The recently launched North East Ambition Careers Hub (involving 50 schools and all the colleges from Northumberland down to Durham) has a massive role to play in making sure we have a talent pipeline of young people with the skills to thrive in these areas.

On a wider level, everyone who provides any career information, advice or guidance must work to ensure that everyone in our region knows what these opportunity areas are. Of course, there are many other sectors which provide great opportunities for us. Some sectors are much smaller, but still require people to choose to work within. Furthermore, there is always a degree of uncertainty about predicting the future of work and the landscape of opportunity. As a result, key to successful career development in this fast-paced, globally connected world is the building of new skills-related currency such as adaptability and flexibility. How do we adapt and remain flexible to be able to take opportunities when they arise?

Nevertheless, a huge amount of effort, research and investment has been put into these emerging areas and lots of opportunity has already taken root. The evidence of the 4 areas’ strategic importance is there for us to see…… and read about it.

The following ‘further reading’ link is a brilliant piece of Labour Market Intelligence. It informs us about the 4 areas and evidences their importance by highlighting key work by innovative companies across our region. CareerWave recommends this as key reading for all professionals involved in ‘Good Career Guidance’, our young people and their families. The 4 opportunity areas can be explored from¬†page 20.

The North East Strategic Economic Plan: Creating more and better jobs (January 2019)