Andrew Hodgson, Vice Chairman of the North East LEP, said:
"We need to create 70,000 jobs in this region. There is no doubt in my mind that skills lead to strong economic performance."
"The LEP is committed to growing the skills base and today we're looking at a centre that is a fundamental part of the offshore industry."
"To see an investment like this makes me incredibly proud. Thank you for helping not only the economy, but our individuals."
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