Six trainees working as teachers in colleges, universities and training providers across the region are the first graduates of this successful partnership achieving the Professional Graduate Certificate / Certificate in Education with an impressive one hundred per cent retention and achievement rate.
Northumberland College joined the University of Huddersfield's highly successful teacher training consortium in 2013 for the delivery of both graduate and undergraduate teacher training courses. This group are the first to complete the course at Northumberland College and will celebrate their success at the college's annual Higher Education Graduation ceremony next week.
Lori Turnbull, 26, from Ashington, said: "As part of my studies I have completed 355 hours of practical teaching. I have been lecturing at the college and it has been such a valuable experience for me to take forward into my future career. I've really enjoyed my course and am excited for the future."
Joyce Guthrie, Head of Faculty at Northumberland College, said: "As a college our higher education courses are validated by leading universities and we are really proud of our partnership with the University of Huddersfield, which was recently rated as University of the Year by the Times Higher Education Supplement and as second best in the country for Education by the Guardian for the fifth year running.
"This is a great result for our first cohort, plus we have a large group of first years, also currently maintaining one hundred per cent retention rates, who will graduate next year."
Northumberland College offers Access to Higher Education courses that give those looking to gain the qualifications necessary to meet higher education entry criteria an opportunity to take their learning higher, as well as HNC, HND, Foundation Degree and Professional Graduate courses. Applications for September are still being accepted so anyone wishing to find out more should visit www.northumberland.ac.uk