Middlesbrough College gears up for autumn of opportunity - Article from the Evening Gazette

12 August 2021

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/middlesbrough-college-opportunities-digital-centre-21225496

School leavers, university students and career climbers on Teesside can look forward to an autumn of opportunities like no other.

That’s the message from the principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College Group, Zoe Lewis, as the Ofsted Good-rated college gears up to welcome students back after the summer with a significant investment in its facilities and teaching.

As more and more projects begin to gather momentum at the Teesworks site, the Woodsmith Project led by Anglo American takes shape, and Middlesbrough’s digital cluster continues to grow – the college has invested to prepare learners for the wealth of new, high quality jobs that are fuelling Teesside’s future.

Zoe explained: “It’s such an exciting time for career starters and climbers on Teesside. And our expert college team are the ones to help them seize these opportunities."

“Learners can choose from an unrivalled range of courses, from our pioneering of T Levels – the new qualifications that focus on high quality work placements – through to the specialist technical programmes we offer as part of our role in the prestigious North East Institute of Technology."

“Just as employers we work so closely with are investing, we’ve also invested in our industry-leading campus – bringing a new Digital Centre and Higher Education Centre to students, ready for the autumn."

“That means we’ll have programming suites, cyber labs, video editing suites, a games design suite, a full TV and film studio and a construction skills workshop in which our students get the type of hands-on experience that employers need.”

And opening doors to high skilled jobs is the aim of the game.   

For example, the North East Institute of Technology programmes delivered by the college in the likes of electronic engineering, civil engineering and construction are supporting those employers driving progress across Teesside.  

National housebuilder Keepmoat Homes is one such employer.

Geoff Scott, the firm’s social and economic impact manager, said: “We need to support the development of skills which will enable us to build the homes that are so important to underpinning Teesside’s regeneration.

“There are some great opportunities to break into the construction sector, with long lasting, high quality careers."

“Our work with Middlesbrough College is all about giving trainees the technical skills and knowledge they need to build those careers.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Middlesbrough College is one of many fantastic Further Education providers across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool that have a great range of top-class training to help support the economic growth of the region.

“Especially as we look to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, young people and adults need to know there’s a clear route to success right here in our region. As part of the Teesworks Skills Academy Middlesbrough College plays a vital role, alongside other training providers, in giving people the skills they need to access the well-paid, good-quality jobs we’re helping to create on site now and in the future.”

For more information about the range of opportunities open to learners, call 01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk

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