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.
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