Tech savvy students searching for the perfect programme to kick start their career should click on to Middlesbrough College.
With more than 7,000 digital roles across Teesside, the region’s tech scene is thriving and the recent Boho Next Generation report outlines a £20m investment to grow Middlesbrough’s burgeoning Digital Cluster – creating up to 1,000 jobs.
As a specialist STEM college, MC Digital is Middlesbrough College’s dedicated technology department lead by experienced tutors from industry backgrounds.
There are routes for everyone with courses ranging from Levels 1, 2 and 3, which are ideal for young people leaving school, to Foundation degrees, Top-up degrees and Access to Higher Education (HE) aimed at adult learners and those wanting to learn higher level skills.
Courses are delivered across the College’s specialist computer labs, using the latest state-of-the-art equipment and industry software.
Thanks to its team of highly qualified tutors and creative digital facilities, Middlesbrough College is also one of the first in the country to run the NextGen: Skills Academy Course – a collaboration with industry experts to develop the next generation of digital talent.
As the only College in the Tees Valley area to offer this opportunity, students are offered a unique pathway into the Games, Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) industries.
Up for grabs is a Level 3 qualification in Games, Animation and VFX Skills – aimed at students aged 16+ – as well as The Extended Diploma. The Diploma is comparable with 3 A Levels and comes with UCAS points so you can progress to University or a Higher Apprenticeship.
And it’s not just NexGen that sets College apart.
Aspiring developers, designers, analysts and IT engineers can level-up in their careers through an apprenticeship delivered through Middlesbrough College’s training arm, Northern Skills Group.
One Teesside tech firm putting apprentices at the center of its business is Middlesbrough-founded Mabo.
Founded in 2013, the digital marketing specialists are committed to developing younger talent in the region and have six former apprentices working full-time for the business.
And now, through a new partnership with Northern Skills Group, Mabo is looking for three new apprentices to join its growing team.
Rob Jackson, operations director at Mabo, said: “It’s an exciting time in our industry and apprentices are fundamental to the future of it – that’s why we’re dedicated to developing younger talent.
“The great thing is we can help shape their learning and train people to do the job our way – meaning we’re investing in future skills and apprentices get to experience best practice.
“We think it’s important to harness student talent and we have a successful track record of working with apprentices – most have forged lasting careers with Mabo and that’s what we’re looking for with our next cohort.”
Mabo apprentices will take on the roles of junior PPC executives – supporting account managers in creating, optimising and reporting on campaigns and developing new marketing ideas – an exciting opportunity for students looking to kick-start their career.
As well as apprenticeships, there’s a real demand for new recruits in computing across a range of industries – and Middlesbrough College can help you gain the fundamental technical knowledge and skills employers want.
So, whether you’re a school leaver prepared for the next step in your education journey, a career changer ready to tackle to tech industry or a budding entrepreneur looking to build skills to last a lifetime, Middlesbrough College can take you higher.