College at the centre of Boro’s brilliance

26 June 2019

Boro is booming.

Take Teesside's Big Weekend and Take That extravaganzas for example, which are estimated to have boosted Tees Valley’s economy by more than £3m.

And all that buzz has reignited a sense of excitement and pride among our region, with people shouting about why Middlesbrough is a great place to live, work and study. 

Middlesbrough College is always focussed on the opportunities available in our area, opening up the possibilities for school leavers, career changers and those looking to learn new skills.

That means providing employment-focussed learning and training that helps people enter the workforce or move up in their career.

With a unique offer in the region, spanning courses from every occupational sector and at every level, people with all sorts of ambitions are realising their potential.

And the College is ambitious too.

With a strategy to expand its offer and continue to invest in its £100m campus, the College continues to develop its outstanding facilities including the sixth form centre, MC6, and £20m STEM Engineering Centre. 

The College is also proud to be partners in the North East Institute of Technology alongside New College Durham, Newcastle University and Nissan and will be the dedicated technical training hub in the Tees Valley.

From an award winning restaurant, The Waterside Brasserie, to a simulated aircraft cabin, learners can not only expect high quality teaching, but industry standard facilities which give them a taste of what to expect in the working world.

And the investment is paying off.

96% of all full-time students that studied at the College last summer have already secured employment, an apprenticeship or are accessing further study at College or university.

And it’s not just students that recognise the College as among the very best in the region. 

Ofsted inspectors praised Middlesbrough College for its positive culture, high grades, employment outcomes and strong curriculum that meets the needs of Teesside, rating the college as Good.                                                                        

Inspectors highlighted well-qualified staff with industrial experience who deliver courses to “highly motivated” and enthusiastic students with positive attitudes, in well-equipped learning environments.

As the only General Further Education College or university in the Tees Valley to secure the esteemed TEF Gold, Middlesbrough College is also recognised in the top 20% of higher education providers in the country - in good company with many outstanding colleges.

The teaching excellence framework (TEF) is a system that assesses the quality of teaching in universities in England.

It’s no surprise there are businesses lining up to work with the College and its students – including those considering employing apprentices.   

Northern Skills Group, the College’s training and apprenticeship arm works with more than 2,000 employers in the North East and Yorkshire to deliver over 100 types of programmes.

With strong industry links, its experienced team have trained over 2,200 apprentices putting the College in a strong position to help shape the economic landscape of the region.

Steph Coleman, executive director of business and partnerships at NSG, explained: “We deliver apprenticeships and employer-led training in subjects including engineering, accountancy, digital, leadership and management, customer service and manufacturing to name a few.

“All of our training is delivered by an expert team of tutors, all of whom have industry backgrounds.

“The training facilities on offer to learners are outstanding, including the £20m STEM Training Centre, Health and Care Ward and our dedicated digital hub, MC Digital.”

With a focus on hands-on experience, T Levels are another opportunity for employers to shape the way young people are trained to meet their future needs – and Middlesbrough College is calling on the region’s employers to support the talent of tomorrow.

The new qualifications, due to launch in 2020, have been developed with employers to equip learners with the skills they need to enter the world of work.

The courses, which will be equivalent to three A Levels, include work placements of at least 45 days – allowing students to get essential hands-on experience in their chosen industry. 

Placements will feature sector-specific learning programmes so students can hit the ground running once they start full-time roles.

With courses in industries as wide-ranging as computing, health and social care and construction, Middlesbrough College’s dedicated work experience team is keen to speak to employers who can benefit from the new qualifications. 

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