TyneMet has teamed up with one of the UK's leading waste and resource management businesses to train 450 frontline staff - representing over 35% of the workforce.

The college will deliver NVQ Level 2 training to workers from Waste Recycling Group (WRG) which provides a range of cost and environmentally effective processing, recycling, disposal and energy recovery services for local authority and private commercial customers throughout the UK.

Following four months of discussion with two FE colleges, WRG's in-house training division announced that it had reached agreement with TyneMet to deliver the training over the next 18-24 months.

Both operational and support staff will be targeted to undertake a range of qualifications including NVQ Waste Management Operations, NVQ Recycling Operations and NVQ Plant Operations.

"We're delighted to have reached this milestone agreement with TyneMet ," said WRG Group Training Manager, Derek Chatting.

"Their proposal meets our needs perfectly. We can now build a sustainable partnership that enables our in-house training team to deliver enhanced standards of choice and quality to its internal customers."

Head of Service Industries, Sharron Mather, commented: "We're particularly excited to be working alongside an employer that is so committed to developing a competitive edge through workforce development.We're looking forward to working with WRG not only in the delivery of the NVQ but also in other skill areas including accredited management training in areas such as project management."