Youngsters can set sail for a career in the Merchant Navy through the expansion of a pioneering education project in South Tyneside.
From September, those aged just 14 can join Career College North East’s (CCNE) new two-year specialist maritime training programme.
It is being launched with a recruitment event from 5.30pm on Tuesday, June 27, at South Tyneside College’s Westoe Campus, where CCNE is based.
Youngsters, and their parents, will be able to discuss their learning options with marine school specialists.
Learners who complete the course will be guaranteed a place on South Shields Marine School’s marine school’s pre-cadetship programme, with defined and dedicated nautical and engineering career advancement.
Ray Parkinson, head of CCNE, said: “Our new maritime provision provides a unique opportunity for pupils to pursue careers at sea while still studying at school.
“It is an ideal route to first-class skills and experience for those who already know the career path they wish to take.”
Gary Hindmarch, principal of South Shields Marine School, added: “The marine school is a world leader in its field, and there is no better training available.
“By partnering with Career College North East, we are opening up an innovative learning and training opportunity to young people throughout this region.
CCNE is a partnership between South Tyneside College, which operates the marine school, and Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields.
It offers a blend of core academic work and accelerated vocationally-focused study programmes, with clear progression routes into higher and further education, apprenticeships and work.
More information on the recruitment event and on CCNE is available by calling South Tyneside College on 0191 427 3500 or visiting www.ccne.co.uk.