Construction visit is a success for schools

Students visit the TMC facility run by TyneMet College.
Students visit the TMC facility run by TyneMet College.

Students have been given hands-on training for a potential career in construction.

Youngsters from the Percy Hedley School, in Killingworth, and the Northern Counties School, in Jesmond, enjoyed a day at TMC Benton, which is part of TyneMet College.

TMC Benton specialises in qualifications and training for the construction industry, offering hands-on skills training to equip students to build a great career in one of the many exciting areas of building services.

The 18 students were given taster sessions so that they could experience a variety of construction crafts which included bricklaying, carpentry and joinery and painting and decorating.

Christine Shanks, employability manager at the schools, said: “All of the students had a great day at TMC they just wished that they had had more time to do all of the workshops that had been arranged.

“The visit was a huge success and we would love to have an opportunity to do it all again.”

Ian Kennedy, head of TMC Benton, said: “The day proved very successful, the students all seemed to enjoy themselves and we hope to run this type of taster day and workshops again.”

For more information regarding construction courses at TMC Benton contact (0191) 229 5000, email or visit