Three hundred new apprenticeships are set to come to Teesside after the chemical industry was one of the first in the country to secure government funding for a pioneering training scheme in the North East.
Sembcorp at Wilton spearheaded the successful bid to become one of just 37 nationwide companies to offer the new scheme this Spring.
The three year apprenticeships will be tailor-made to meet the specific needs of the industry - which is one of the region's biggest employers.
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