UK’s first engineering career college to open in 2015

UK’s first 14-19 Career College to specialise in engineering opening in September 2015

15 December 2014 / Be the first to comment

The UK’s first 14-19 Career College to specialise in engineering will open in September 2015 – having been granted approval by the Career Colleges Trust .

South Tyneside College will be opening a Career College specialising in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Computer Science – with the aim to inspire and equip young people in the area to become the next generation of advanced manufacturing engineers and computer specialists.

The South Tyneside project – Career College North East - is backed by several local and national employers in the region, including Ford Aerospace, Nine and Zenith Recruitment.

The College has also partnered with a local, outstanding school - St Wilfrid’s RC - to deliver the core academic subjects, in accordance with the National Curriculum.

This employer – college – school relationship will ensure the design and delivery of a dynamic, relevant and innovative curriculum, with high quality academic teaching.

Chairman of the Career Colleges Trust, Luke Johnson, says:

'South Tyneside College has put forward a strong proposal. I am particularly encouraged to see the Career College brand extending to STEM specialisms. The advanced manufacturing and engineering industry in South Tyneside and the North East is growing. Career College North East will help ensure that any future skills gaps are filled and the area can continue to prosper.

'The partnerships with both an outstanding local school and key employers will ensure high quality provision in the core subject areas, along with relevant vocational training. This is exactly what Career Colleges are about and I support this concept wholeheartedly.

'I look forward to working with South Tyneside College in advance of its Career College opening in 2015. I am confident, that together with its partners, it will deliver outstanding, rounded education for its students.'

South Tyneside will join Oldham’s Digital and Creative Career College, Hugh Baird’s Hospitality and Catering Career College in Liverpool and Bromley’s Food, Enterprise and Hospitality Career College in South East London. These pioneering Colleges opened in September this year.

Career Colleges, launched by Lord Baker in October 2013, are a new innovation in employer-led education. They take advantage of the Government’s decision to allow FE colleges to recruit at 14 – increasing the range and choice of opportunities for 14-19 year olds.

A Career College provides the opportunity to combine academic and vocational studies within a specific industry specialism, improving career prospects for young people in the local labour market.

Alongside rigorous academic teaching in maths, English and other core subjects, Career Colleges offer ‘real-world’ challenges, coupled with work experience – enabling students to develop their wider employability skills. Employers are integral to the design and delivery the curriculum, ensuring that all learning is relevant.

Many more applicants from around the country are seeking approval from the Trust to open Career Colleges in 2016 and beyond.

Note: Chris Jones, Chief Executive of City & Guilds, is Deputy Chair of The Career Colleges Trust Board.

For more information about Career Colleges, please see

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