Pioneering college is on the hunt for new recruits

The Career College North East was launched by Lord Baker.
The Career College North East was launched by Lord Baker.

A PIONEERING career college – set up to help train the next generation of skilled workers – is kicking off a week-long drive for new recruits tonight.

Career College North East (CCNE) – an innovative partnership between South Tyneside College and St Wilfrid’s RC College launched last month by Lord Kenneth Baker – will teach advanced manufacturing, engineering and computer science to students aged between 14 and 19.

It is the fourth career college in the country, and the first between a college and school.

The college, which will open in September, is teaming up with global engineering firm Siemens to host an open event at its borough base in North Farm Road, Hebburn, from 5pm to 7pm tonight. Siemens staff will speak about career opportunities in engineering, while the college’s curriculum team will also be on hand to talk to prospective CCNE learners.

Then from 10am to noon on Saturday, an array of engineering companies will be at St Wilfrid’s, in Temple Park Road, to show opportunities available.

The third information event is from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, when South Tyneside College holds its monthly open night at its Westoe campus in St Georges Avenue, South Shields.

It will showcase CCNE through a skills competition on its new ‘virtual’ welding facilities, with staff also giving advice and guidance.

Alison Maynard, Principal of South Tyneside Professional and Vocational College, said: “These events combine to give young people a real feel for what Career College North East is all about.”