This week we are celebrating all of the brilliant things colleges do, day in day out to build communities, boost businesses, and support individuals.
Teaching staff from across the college have taken part in a series of virtual workshops and presentations via microsoft teams led by local employers to better understand current and future workforce skills requirements.
The sessions also allowed staff from Sunderland College to engage in conversations directly with the employers about how workforce requirements can be met through curriculum delivery.Find out more
Sunderland College will play a leading role in providing employment opportunities for young people by helping local businesses access the Government’s Kickstart scheme.
The college have been chosen as a gateway for the new initiative which will create thousands of new, full subsidised jobs across the UK as part of the £2 billion Plan for Jobs.Find out more
Education Partnership North East continues to lead the way in producing the next generation of frontline health care professionals.
With the NHS and health sector under increased pressure during unprecedented times, Education Partnership North East continues to lead the way in producing the next generation of frontline health care professionals.
A significant investment in state-of-the-art equine facilities will further position our specialist further education college as a centre of excellence for equine education. The bespoke equine centre, currently under construction, will house stable block accommodation, tack room, international-standard 38 by 48 metre square indoor arena with viewing gallery, schooling field and paddock.
Northumberland College has launched a range of new engineering and employability courses to meet skills needs in the North East.The college, which is part of Education Partnership North East, will offer a Level 2 Engineering in Offshore Energy for 16-18-year-olds at its new campus from September 2020 at Port of Blyth supported by Port Training Services, the port’s training division.
A generous North East motor dealer has helped boost students’ hands-on learning by donating a car to Northumberland College. Sherwoods Group, one of the country’s longest established dealerships, handed over a Citroën C2 to the college’s motor vehicle department following an appeal for used cars to provide experience for students and apprentices.
We are continually investing in our facilities to give our students outstanding learning experience, whilst equipping them with the skills needed to progress into key industries and sectors.Our facilities
The college has responded to the urgent need for personal protection equipment by producing face shields for health care workers in the fight against COVID-19. Electrical engineering lecturer Freeman Thondhlana has been working around the clock at Ashington Campus to manufacture PPE after the college offered use of its 3D printers to Northumberland County Council. They will also be distributed to Northumberland and Wansbeck Hospitals to keep front line staff and patients safe during the outbreak.
Local communities across the North East will be able to benefit from free distance learning courses throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, thanks to regional college group Education Partnership North East. The college group, which includes Sunderland College, Hartlepool Sixth Form and Northumberland College, has further developed its range of high-quality distance learning courses so individuals can gain new skills and knowledge, safely from their own home.
Colleges across the dynamic Education Partnership North East group are providing thousands of young people across the North East with access to vital support and resources following the COVID-19 outbreak. The group established protocols to ensure its vulnerable students would be supported as part of risk assessments and planning for business continuity, prior to the government announcement.
Education Partnership North East is offering its prospective students the chance to experience college life without leaving their homes. Sunderland College, Northumberland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form have moved open days online to reassure school leavers, offer advice and guidance and help them prepare for their future.
Northumberland College has agreed a unique partnership with Northumbria Police which will increase students’ awareness of personal safety and encourage good community relations. The three-year strategic partnership, which will see a dedicated Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) located at Ashington and Kirkley Hall campuses, aims to create a safer environment within the college and its surrounding areas.
Northumberland College is helping students with SEND continue their studies at home by offering tailored support and interactive activities during lockdown. Knowing that many of their students would be vulnerable following the governments’ decision to suspend face to face learning, the college’s Inspire team responded quickly to introduce a clear link to life at college, teachers and support staff.
Using businesses based in the local area to work on an ambitious investment programme, construction work is set to resume at Ashington and Kirkley Hall Campuses which will support employment within the region and growth in the local economy.
Education Partnership North East has announced a new name for its LGBTQ+ group, voted for by students across the college group. ‘True Colours’ was chosen as students felt it was the most appropriate and representative name for the group and its bright future.
Education Partnership North East’s commitment to providing a culture of inclusiveness across all campuses has been recognised by the LGBTQ North East Awards. Youth worker Stephen Day, has been shortlisted for the ‘Creating Safer Learning Spaces’ award for his tireless work to encourage equality, diversity and acceptance across all of our campuses, ensuring our students and staff feel safe.
Northumberland College is helping a local food bank feed the vulnerable people and families in crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the college moving to online teaching and learning, unused stock from campus refectories have been passed to the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank to be distributed in Northumberland.
A Northumberland College hairdressing lecturer has joined a team of volunteers producing much needed clinical gowns and scrubs for NHS staff across the North East. Michelle Craggs, an experienced seamstress, is working alongside machinists and design technicians at Northumbria University’s School of Design to produce protective garments which are being distributed to hospitals, hospices and care homes.
A Northumberland College student has raised over £1,200 for NHS frontline staff after completing a gruelling 12-hour stationary bike ride. Joel Dooley, who is studying Sport Science, wanted to raise money while at home during lockdown and decided to do charity bike ride in tribute of the healthcare workers and volunteers who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Northumberland College’s dedicated equine team have moved on campus to care for Kirkley Hall’s horses and ponies during the COVID-19 lockdown. John Tilley, Equine Resource Manager, and Groom Technician Leanne Rowe have been self-isolating full-time on campus carrying out daily checks, administering medication, changing rugs and cleaning paddocks so the animals are well looked after.
Zookeepers at our college Zoo in Northumberland are living in self-isolation for three months to care for the animals. Mark Tabone and Loren Elliott decided to move away from their families and into student accommodation to ensure the animals are well looked after during the COVID-19 crisis.