In partnership with The Maltings, Northumberland College has the stage set for anyone seeking a career within performing arts and music production plus a new motor vehicle centre is being developed.
The College has increased its course offer in Berwick this year, with one of the major developments being a raft of new arts courses, based at The Maltings, which give students access to the biggest theatre space between Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Matthew Rooke, CEO of The Maltings said: "The Maltings is delighted to be a venue for Northumberland College, as part of what we hope will be a long and successful partnership."
"We're committed to supporting local talent and to ensuring that our venue and resources are used to the full by our community, so we jumped at the chance to support young people's training and development as part of Northumberland College's Berwick Campus.
We hope in future years that students will build on their College training by working with us on projects and events here, giving them a unique taste of a real world creative environment."
The venue comprises a main house theatre, the Henry Travers studio theatre, workshop spaces, meetings rooms, office, bar and café over five floors and courses on offer include BTEC Diplomas in Performing Arts and Music Production, media, make-up and art design, giving budding stars the opportunity to train for future careers in Performing Arts and Music Production.
Patrick O'Doherty, Head of Art, Design, IT and Digital at Northumberland College said: "Based at the Maltings, students will have the chance to study in a working professional arts centre, learn how to work behind the scenes, watch rehearsals and performances from the technician's box, be part of the front-of-house team for events, gain hands-on box office experience and an insider's view of day-to-day marketing and design work from the theatre."
From September 2017 the College is also expanding its current offer to include Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Performing Arts that specialise in Dancing.
Northumberland College Berwick Centre Manager, Tracy Girdwood, said: "We are so pleased with how our relationship with the Maltings is expanding. its great opportunity for those with a passion for the arts who live outside of a city.
"If you have an interest in acting, dance, musical theatre, producing or stage management then these courses will be of interest to you."
In the college's engineering department, there have also been significant developments as motor-vehicle students now have acess to a new motor vehicle centre at East Ord Industrial Estate.
Students moved into the new centre this month, meaning learners now benefit from practical, hands-on experience locally.
Northumberland College's Motor Vehicle tutor, John Bateman said: "Our new centre is in the heart of Berwick and includes a two post ramp, tyre changing machine, wheel balancer, engines on stands, cars to work on and a work bench with vices and a metal cutter. Before this change, our students worked in the construction centre and travelled over to Ashington to use the workshop facilities there, so this is a great improvement for our students having everything they need just on their doorstep."
He added: "Local garages have also been getting on-board supporting the college with work placements including McCreath and Son, Greenwoods MOT and Service Centre, Semples of Berwick and Maxwell Motors Ltd which is a great help our students as learner's feedback have all said they were given a good experience."
Berwick is also one Northumberland College's campuses taking part in the new concept of Leisure Learning, providing community-based courses for people seeking to expand their knowledge without working towards a qualification.
In addition, The Berwick Centre runs a wide choice of Higher Education courses, including Access to HE for people seeking the qualifications they need to meet the entry criteria for university level study. PGCEs for those seeking a teaching career and a range of Foundation Degrees in conjunction with university partners that include Newcastle University, are on offer.
More than 40 different apprenticeships are provided by Northumberland College - one of the largest number in the region and Berwick employers are encouraged to partner with the college to further support local training opportunities.
Anyone interested in enrolling at the Berwick Centre for the current academic year should call 01289 302446 or email Berwick.firstname.lastname@example.org.