The Talent and Skills group meet every three months to discuss, would you believe it, Talent and Skills opportunities and how we can be ensuring the North East is nurturing creative and technical talent and actively bridging the Skills Gap. We have close relationships with Newcastle University, Northumbria University, University of Sunderland as well as both Gateshead and Sunderland College. Members from each of these academic institutions are present at the Talent and Skills Group Meetings as well as businesses in the North East. In recent meetings we’ve been discussing the School Of DC and Tombola Academy as well as graduate placements. This group led to our first Meetup group – focussed on HR which was launched at the start of June.