Think-tank meets at borough college

A UK-wide educational think-tank has met in the borough to discuss how colleges can meet future skills demands and accelerate economic growth.

The Intelligent College Network met at TyneMet College, where officials highlighted the work done at the Wallsend college.

The network – the UK’s top 16 colleges with advanced capability in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) – encourages knowledge exchange, examines and addresses the needs of employers, and supports research and government initiatives.

TyneMet was the first college in the north to be awarded STEM Assured accreditation and the only member of the network from the north east.

During the meeting, staff from TyneMet showcased the impact of its STEM investment through partnership working with local employers, pioneering school and university engagement.

Their teaching team was praised for its innovative use of technology and cutting-edge software to engage with and motivate young people to get more involved in lessons.

Audrey Kingham, deputy principal curriculum and business development at TyneMet College and National Chair of the Intelligent College Network, said: “We were delighted to have been able to host this event at TyneMet, we are very proud of all of our STEM activities and it was great for us to share with the network our visions for developing this agenda for the future.”