THE TTE Technical Training Group has secured funding from the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to support Tees Valley Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) recruit and train apprentices.

The funding is accessible to all SME businesses that do not pay into the Apprenticeship Levy from January 2018 to March 2019.

TTE, which has been allocated a portion of £650 million from the ESFA, has established a strong reputation for the delivery of industry-based vocational training programmes and has a 96 per cent apprenticeship success rate of young people completing their training programmes, significantly well above the national average.

It is the only OFSTED Grade 2 Engineering and Process training provider in the Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland area and currently has more than 580 young people at different stages of their training.

Steve Grant, managing director, said: “Apprenticeships are vital to ensuring businesses can develop their future workforce to remain competitive and productive. Recruiting and funding apprentices for SMEs has previously been a challenge, but this funding, will open up new opportunities.”

Employers who would like information on the funding available to support apprenticeships in the workplace should contact Becky Brown on 01642 770310, email or visit