A commitment towards innovation and industry led training at TyneMet has surpassed expectations as NESTLE Apprentices picked up distinctions in their Engineering units. In a pick and mix style approach, tailoring workforce training at the college’s Engineering department highlights the steer the College has taken to develop longstanding partnerships, combining academic and vocational courses that deliver the skills employers demand.

Working in a partnership with Rolls-Royce North East Training to deliver the vocational elements training, the course for Maintenance Technicians, specifically designed the training for NESTLE UK; Neil Dorward, Deputy Head of Engineering and Rolls-Royce North East Training Partnerships Co-ordinator at TyneMet College said:

“The relationship between the College and Nestlé UK has been strengthened based on these fantastic achievements, we were also impressed with individual dedication and commitments, a selection of apprentices were been shortlisted for achievement awards. TyneMet College is now the provider of choice for Nestlé UK in the region – with further apprentices booked in for the next intake”.

A shift in attitudes towards vocational training in recent year’s highlights how effective quality apprenticeships can be - providing skilled, workforce-ready individuals.  This demonstrates how an apprenticeship can fit successfully within any sector, Phil Dodds a Maintenance technician at NESTLE UK who assisted in developing the apprenticeship programme said: “Collaboration between industry and education is essential and plays an important part in supporting the commitment Nestlé UK has made to the European Youth Employment Initiative which will help 20,000 people across Europe under the age of 30 find employment; by offering 10,000 jobs and creating 10,000 apprentice positions and traineeships by 2016.Our Apprentices have thrived at TyneMet College and we are delighted with the up to date industry standard training that they are receiving.

If you’re a business interested in tailored workforce training or would like further information about TyneMet’s Engineering courses including Apprenticeships then satisfy your sweet tooth – call 0191 229 5000, email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk or visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/engineering