Laying down foundations as new training centre is officially opened

Bill Midgley with Mayor Norma Redfearn at the official opening of TyneMet College's TMC construction centre at Benton.  GM025896

Bill Midgley with Mayor Norma Redfearn at the official opening of TyneMet College's TMC construction centre at Benton. GM025896

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A new training centre which aims to increase the construction skills pool in the borough has been officially opened.

More than 50 representatives from education, business and North Tyneside Council were at the opening of the TMC teaching and learning facility.

At the opening are Coun Janet Hunter, Bill Midgley, Mayor Norma Redfearn and Jon Vincent.

At the opening are Coun Janet Hunter, Bill Midgley, Mayor Norma Redfearn and Jon Vincent.

Operated by TyneMet College, the specialist construction training academy will help students learn the skills needed to equip them for future success in construction and beyond.

The facility, based in Benton, is the college’s third campus.

Students can choose from a variety of construction qualifications, with day and evening options, including bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, painting and decorating, electrical installations and plastering at various levels.

TyneMet principal Jon Vincent said: “TyneMet College is committed to looking at the needs of local industry and employers in order to develop specific courses to match industry requirements and overcome skills shortages.

“Adding specialist industry standard construction training to our range of vocational courses will help create more employment opportunities.”

Bill Midgley, chairman of governors, added: “The provision of recognised qualifications is an important factor in providing the base for sustainable, well paid employment as well as contributing to the economic strength of the region.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “What is really important is that it will provide our young people with the skills that they need for the future, helping them to gain long term employment.

“Having this type of facility in place will hopefully overcome the skills shortages that some of our employers in the region currently face and open more doors for our young people.”

For further information visit www.tmcbenton.co.uk