general manager Graeme Miller said: "We knew while we were running the project that it would be hugely successful and it is gratifying that the BIC report bears that out.
And Graeme Miller, contracts manager for Tweblo
, said: "Teachers are the key to how our young people develop and engaging them in creative, enterprising areas of personal development has the greatest likelihood of instilling real systemic change within the school environment for both staff and pupils."
Val Milnes, general manager of the Tyne and Wear Education Business Link Organisation, Tweblo
, which will help administer the scheme said: "As a disabled person myself, I'm acutely aware of some of the hurdles that these youngsters have to overcome and I feel passionately about this project.
The programme has also been supported by SportsMatch, TWEBLO
, Newcastle Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Newcastle City Council, the Northern Rock Foundation, South Tyneside Primary Care Trust, North Tyneside Primary Care Trust and Sport England.
The programme was funded by Tyne and Wear LSC, organised by Tyne and Wear Education Business Link Organisation (Tweblo
) and delivered by Education Business Connections and Tedco.
The event was organised by the North Tyneside Education Business Partnership and the Tyne and Wear Education Business Link Organisation (Tweblo
The group was set up with funding from the Tyne & Wear Education Business Link Organisation (Tweblo
) to encourage pupils to be more entrepreneurial.
general manager Val Milnes said the region is facing a skills shortfall in tourism despite its burgeoning contribution to the economy.
The BIC which normally supplies and manages IT systems for up to 200 North East businesses a year, including TWEBLO
and the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, now hopes to extend its service to more of the region's schools and colleges.
general manager Val Milnes said: "This is the third year of Gear Up, which is proving to be a hugely successful programme, carefully targeted to ensure we address skills shortages, and that we follow up any gaps in young people's employability skills that they themselves identify through self-assessment.
The programme is organised by the Education Business Connections, managed by the Tyne and Wear Business Link Organisation, TWEBLO
, and funded by the Learning and Skills Council, LSC.
In our regular feature looking at the structure of North-East business groups and companies, we feature Tyne and Wear Business Link Organisation Tweblo
, which promotes work-related learning among young people at school, strengthening the links between the worlds of work and business.