A new academy is aiming to engineer a career boost for its students.
TyneMet College has secured a fourth site in the borough thanks to a partnership with Chirton Engineering to establish the North East Advanced Machinery Academy (NEAMA).
The £1.5m centre for training in specialist engineering is part of a government pilot programme to benefit students across the region looking to train in precision engineering, as well as professionals looking to re-train.
Paul Stewart, managing director at Chirton Engineering Ltd, said: “The north east engineering sector will have the best trainees available, which will greatly enhance the current workforce and cement the region as a worldwide engineering hot-bed.”
TyneMet principal Jon Vincent said: “This is a very exciting opportunity not only for the college, but for students and the community as well.
“Working with sector specialists, such as Chirton Engineering, to adapt the curriculum and tailor training programmes to meet employers’ needs is critical for the college and the region’s continuing growth and success.”