Hull business to tackle skills shortage as it moves into new headquarters

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Jan 2018

A skills shortage in the area will be tackled as Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) launches a strategy to strengthen its links with employers and education.

The group will be pushing forward to produce the next generation of skilled workers as it moves into a new headquarters in Hull this summer.

HETA has celebrated a landmark 50 years in business in 2017 and is capitalising on the interest generated by promoting the role of apprenticeships in schools.

The training business is investing nearly £4m into the new head office and workshop at the former Eltherington Group site in Dansom Lane South, east Hull.

HETA’s vision is for the new centre to improve the company’s facilities and services to support young people embarking on careers in engineering and to meet the needs of mature workers.

The initiative is being led by Esther Damary-George, a sales and marketing manager, who joined the company last year and brought experience of working in education and liaising with employers.

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Ms Damary-George moved from the role of marketing manager at North Lindsey College on the South Bank, having previously developed an extensive network of corporate contacts in the region during 18 months with the Bondholders.

She said: “We are showcasing the scale and quality of HETA’s services and facilities in readiness for relocation to the new site. We are a really close-knit team and that reflects everything about HETA.

“The moment you arrive you feel you are part of something. There is a great work ethic and a great family feel, and the company is based on success, knowledge and integrity.

Esther Damary-George of HETA at the Hull workshop

“We are more than a sales team. Our approach enables us to support our business partners in developing their workforce and bringing apprentices through with comprehensive training plans.

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“We recognise that every company is unique and we aim to be a part of their organisation, identifying the skills that they need now and in the future.”

The drive to build partnerships extends across both banks of the Humber, with HETA’s site at Stallingborough and a Scunthorpe centre, which opened three years ago.

HETA moved to its current, purpose-built site in Copenhagen Road, Hull, in 1978, but the new home will provide the organisation with nearly 34,000 sq ft of space to increase numbers of apprentices and adult learners.

Iain Elliott, chief executive of HETA, said: “This has been a momentous year for HETA as we have celebrated our golden anniversary, and we will follow it with another milestone in the history of the business as we open our new building during the summer of 2018.

“But what matters most is that we harness the growing interest in our work and use it to attract more young people into careers in engineering, whilst also strengthening our links with employers to ensure they join us in providing more training opportunities and investing in the future of UK industry.”

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