College agrees deal for key partnership

TyneMet's Jon Vincent and Martin Hotass, of Siemens, sign the contract.
TyneMet's Jon Vincent and Martin Hotass, of Siemens, sign the contract.

A training contract between a borough college and a top company is to continue after bosses signed a deal to continue the partnership.

TyneMet College has renewed its training contract with Siemens Plc, extending an earlier agreement signed between the college and Siemens Energy Service Fossil in 2010.

The new partnership agreement, signed last month, is for a three-year period and aims to foster a high standard of education with a focus on scientific technological and business-related subjects.

Jon Vincent, principal and chief executive at the college, said: “We are delighted to have signed this new partnership agreement with Siemens Plc.

“The fact that Siemens are committing another three years to the partnership, I see, as a clear endorsement of the high standard and quality of training that TyneMet has delivered to their employees.

“At TyneMet we are constantly working with industry specialists to develop new courses designed to up-skill and advance both employees and employers across the north east.

“We are determined to be at the forefront of STEM provision and to be able to respond efficiently to the needs of local and national employers.”

Martin Hottass, manager, skills & business learning at Siemens Plc, said: “Siemens is delighted to renew our partnership with TyneMet.

“We only work with truly excellent partners to make sure our apprentices receive the right knowledge and skills.

“TyneMet College has been a great partner for the last three years and we look forward to building on this relationship.”