Derwentside Homes backs major engineering event
Published by Kelly Elliott for Derwentside Homes Ltd in Housing and also in Communities
County Durham housing provider Derwentside Homes is showing its support for engineering and manufacturing in the region by sponsoring a major exhibition taking place next week.
Now in its sixth year, Oktoberfest brings together businesses from across the North East and beyond, providing networking and marketing opportunities and promoting the work being carried out within the sector.
The event, which takes place at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe on Thursday 17th October, is organised by the three engineering forums in County Durham, including the North Durham Engineering Forum, with which Derwentside Homes has built up strong links over the last year.
Since March the forum has operated from an office at Derwentside Homes’ Greengates House headquarters, near Stanley, with the forum’s 35 member organisations meeting there for regular events and discussions.
Derwentside Homes' Director of Resources, Keith Tallintire said: “We recognise that our responsibilities as a landlord go beyond 'bricks and mortar' and we work closely with partner agencies to support our local communities.
“In the North East we have a strong engineering and manufacturing sector which provides employment and training for a large number of people and we are keen to support this in whatever way we can.
“Oktoberfest is a fantastic event which allows businesses to meet, network and really shout about the great work going on in the region - we are very pleased to be supporting the event and are looking forward to attending on the day and meeting the other exhibitors.”
Derwentside Homes has invested in a number of key projects in recent years, designed to create employment and training opportunities for local people.
These include the Northern Apprenticeship Training Academy, a collaborative scheme set up in May this year with East Durham Partnership and New College Durham which finds work placements and recognised qualifications for young people aged 18-24 within local companies, with the companies only paying an administration fee. In addition to this the company can offer a number of training programmes to existing employers at no cost to the organisation.
In 2011 Derwentside Homes also set up Social Housing Enterprise Durham (SHED) – which provides employment and training opportunities for the long-term unemployed, while benefiting local people and transforming the local area by offering a range of home improvement services.
Spokesperson for Durham Oktoberfest Dr Oliver Vogt said: “The excellent reputation of Durham Oktoberfest, along with encouraging business expectations for engineering companies, have been reflected in stand sales for this year’s event, as well as during our communication with the many exhibitors.
“We are now looking forward to the biggest networking event for engineering and manufacturing companies in the North East.”
For more information about Oktoberfest please visit www.durhamoktoberfest.org.uk
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