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.
Including classrooms and a state-of-the-art engineering workshop the facility, located at the port’s South Harbour Terminal, will give students the opportunity to learn in a real-world environment surrounded by major offshore engineering companies.
The course will provide an essential platform of knowledge, understanding and applied skills around the design and construction of structures used in the oil, gas and energy industry through a mix of theory and practical work alongside work placements. Student experience will be enriched by the broad industry links in and around the port.
Joanne McManus, Associate Principal at Northumberland College, said: “It is estimated the UK will need 1.8 million fully trained workers in the engineering industry by 2025, and this course will offer young people excellent training opportunities and career prospects in a fantastic location.
“We are excited to deliver this new course and support bridging the skills gap within the North East and wider industry.”
Port of Blyth is one of the UK’s leading offshore energy support bases as well as an important strategic hub by many shippers looking to serve northern England & Scotland.
Port of Blyth Chief Executive Martin Lawlor, added: “We’re delighted to see Northumberland College roll out this new Level 2 engineering qualification from their facility at the Port of Blyth as it provides another opportunity for local people to access training that will help tackle the skills shortage faced by many offshore energy engineering businesses located in Blyth and the surrounding areas.
“In addition, it also provides real opportunities for new entrants to the renewable energy sector which is set to grow significantly in the region over the coming years.”
For adults looking to update their skills, advance their careers or who are seeking employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northumberland College will be delivering a range of flexible learning courses including CV writing, job search and interview skills as well as maths and English.
Qualifications in adult social care, retail and customer service, warehousing and storage will also be available.
We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland with campuses throughout the county.
Our student transport scheme is available for eligible students to make getting to and from college as easy as possible.
Our extensive re-development programme will create outstanding new facilities.
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