Sevcon pays students through university and guarantees them work - but says it can't find candidates from the region.
A scheme which guarantees graduates a job after university is struggling to find North East recruits - despite offering to pay students' tuition fees.
Matt Boyle, chief executive of Team Valley-based Sevcon, has pledged up to £27,000 of financial support to young people to help them into engineering.
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Source: The Journal