Optimum Skills, set up in 2013, are a leading North East training and apprenticeship provider.

Our hubs across the North East deliver quality training to support individuals with their careers and businesses with their growth.

We offer fully flexible training courses to ensure that learners have the right skills and knowledge to meet the requirements of industry and that businesses gain employees who have established work-ready skills and knowledge.

Principles Of Our Work

Our Vision

Optimising Potential

Our Mission

Our aim is to inspire learning at every level.  From employers supporting apprentices, and from young people who are yet to find their journey, or for those whose journey may have halted due to redundancy, furlough ill health or wanting a change in direction or new skills.

Our Core Values

Our core values support the vision, shape our culture and reflect what we value. They are our identity.

Embrace Diversity

We value equity, inclusion, and dignity for all. We strive for excellence and recognise that our differences make us stronger. We respect and seek out inclusion of differences, realising we can learn from each other. We insist on a culture of respect, and recognise that words and actions matter.

Act with Honesty and Integrity

We will be open, honest and demonstrate strong moral principles with our employees, employers and apprentices, partners and others

Demonstrate Professionalism

Our team will demonstrate the values of responsibility, integrity, excellence, and accountability, at all times.

Innovate Through Learning

We strive to be creative and forward-thinking through our partnerships with employees, employers and others

Achieve the highest quality

All members of the Optimum team aim to do their jobs to the highest standards, never cutting corners and putting the best effort in at all times.

Be Accountable and Own It

Each of us is responsible for our words, our actions, and our results.

Challenge Constructively

We will ensure that employees feel confident in expressing their views; even if sometimes that might mean talking truth to power with the aim that these conversations lead to real change.


“Just wanted to drop you a message to thank you for the courses you have delivered to our staff.
The tutors that Optimum send out to our company are flexible, professional and help our staff become more efficient in their work.
Thank you very much for everything that you have done this year.”

Scott McGlade, Schlegel International

“Everything’s great. The trainee is so much better than what we are used to. The staff have really bought into her so happy days our end.”

Stephen Patrick, Troocast

“Optimum Skills have been very supportive to the learners in AV Dawson, both those that were on their Warehousing & Storage as well as the two current learners on Heavy Vehicle Trailer Maintenance and Repair.
Thank you very much for everything that you have done this year.”

Alan North, AV Dawson

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