Helping engineer a chance for pupils

A new engineering centre aimed at helping teenagers learn more about the industry has been officially opened.

A grant from the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership (NTSP) has helped TyneMet College add another specialist engineering centre to its facilities.

The precision engineering centre, located in the skills and enterprise centre in Embleton Avenue, will support the development of engineering and manufacturing skills for Key Stage 4 pupils.

It is the second specialist engineering workshop at TyneMet and is equipped with the latest machinery.

The workshop provides ‘pathway into engineering’ lessons for local schoolchildren aged 14 to 16.

TyneMet principal and chief executive Jon Vincent said: “Following discussions with the NTSP, local high schools and employers relating to the shortage of skilled and qualified young people; this workshop will facilitate courses that pupils can undertake in order to gain an engineering qualification whilst they are still at school.

“We are delighted to welcome school pupils to TyneMet to give them an insight into the world of engineering.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn officially opened the new centre.

She said: “Having this type of facility in place will help overcome the skills shortages that some of our employers in the region face and also open many doors that will provide additional benefits to our learners.”