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January 2014 - C-STATE (Centre for Subsea Technology Awareness, Training and Education)

Date: April 2014

"With many companies it is not simply about finding people, but more about how they recruit, how they keep people and how they equip them with the skills they need to do the job," explained Mr Warburton.

Mr Warburton added: "We have fully investigated what the industry needs in terms of skills and explored the existing programmes which work well for individual companies. We have shared best practice from industry and designed pan-industry programmes which deliver solutions in the short to medium-term.

"C-STATE aims to make a material and sustainable difference by helping companies source and develop the people they need to prosper. Here at MTCS Ltd, we help people from the military such as airframe technicians and weapons engineers, who make good technicians and subsequently ROV pilots. And there are those with trades like electrical engineers and car mechanics who also have a good aptitude for our courses."

In addition to attracting military people and those with engineering skills, the College and University will take a medium-term approach to train apprentices and graduates for the industry. C-STATE will also develop programs to educate school children about the careers in subsea.

Based on the Darlington College campus, C-STATE benefits from access to excellent on-site facilities including cafeterias, restaurants and a host of other services.

Tim Grant, Principal and Chief Executive of Darlington College commented, "We are delighted to be a partner in C-STATE and to host the facility at the Darlington College Construction and Engineering Centre. Together we are developing a subsea curriculum for full and part time students and apprentices that will run alongside the MTCS program of courses. We are planning to launch an educational program in Autumn 2014."

Professor Cliff Hardcastle of Teesside University also commented, "We are delighted to be part of this exciting initiative which will be delivering the skills for an industry of increasing importance to the North East and the United Kingdom".