The former Transport Secretary, who is reviewing the economic future of the North East, says that the region needs much higher skill levels in order to excel.
Lord Adonis was attending a conference at the Baltic in Gateshead.
The former minister believes that by providing more apprenticeships and higher standards in schools, this would address the skills shortage in the North East.
More top news
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.
The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a Government report that says soliciting sex workers should be decriminalised
Ahead of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, we have travelled out to Belgium and France with people to whom it means so much.