Talented South Shields cadets are making waves

Dr Lindsey Whiterod OBE, centre, and Students Union president Thivyan Sermugam, left, with Tom Oates, Gareth Gorton and Vinod Phogat.
Dr Lindsey Whiterod OBE, centre, and Students Union president Thivyan Sermugam, left, with Tom Oates, Gareth Gorton and Vinod Phogat.
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High-achieving cadets at South Shields Marine School are set for a life at sea – after making waves in their academic studies.

A fantastic 36 students from all corners of the globe are ready to embark on a career with the Merchant Navy after scooping HNC Nautical Science, FD Marine Engineering, FD Electro-Technical Engineering or HND Marine Engineering qualifications.

The students include Vinod Phogat, 36, who hails from India, and others from more closer to home such as Plymouth’s Gareth Gorton, 24, and Tom Oates, 27, of Wakefield, who were presented with awards for outstanding commitment to learning.

Gary Hindmarch, Principal of South Shields Marine School, which was established in 1861 and is part of South Tyneside College, said: “I congratulate all these cadets on gaining these essential professional qualifications.

“Each has worked very hard throughout and shown the dedication and commitment to learning that is required to pass these high level and high quality courses.

Dr Lindsey Whiterod OBE, Chief Executive of South Tyneside College, said: “South Shields Marine School is renowned the world over for the quality of its teaching and the expertise of its lecturing team – there is nowhere better to learn the skills required to join the Merchant Navy.”

The school enjoys close links with international shipping companies, benefitting cadets moving into the industry.

More information on courses at South Shields Marine School is available by calling 0191 427 3500 or by visiting www.stc.ac.uk