Key figures from two of the country's top businesses have been to TyneMet. The first was Karen Seth, Head of HR North for Sainsburys Ltd. The visit was arranged by Jo Lyons, North Tyneside Education Business Partnership Manager as part of the 'Visit our Schools and Colleges Week', a national campaign aimed at strengthening ties between education and commerce. Welcoming Karen Seth on to campus, Victor Reid, Director of Business Development at the college said: "This was an initial meeting to see how TyneMet and Sainsburys can work together in a variety of areas including student placement, industrial secondments and college-based training for the Sainsburys workforce. Karen Seth, who was born and bred on Tyneside was impressed by what she saw. She said: "This is a case of working together to explore areas of mutual benefit. Sainsburys does a lot of work in the community and this could help us develop that work further." The College, North Tyneside Education Business Partnership and Sainsburys will be holding further talks soon to develop partnership ideas further.
One of the North East's largest and most successful commercial law firms, Watson Burton LLP, have also been on campus. With offices based in Newcastle, Leeds and London, Watson Burton boast a prestigious national client base and offer a full range of legal services to a variety of businesses. The visit was also part of 'Visit our Schools and Colleges Week'. Morven Smith, Human Resources Director at Watson Burton LLP, said: "As a successful business with North East origins, we are keen to develop our business and community links and were delighted to receive the invitation to visit TyneMet College." After touring the campus Morven said: "It was truly impressive to see the facilities that are on offer to the students". During the visit, a range of potential areas of joint collaboration were discussed, which included Watson Burton hosting workplace visits for college students, and the company contributing towards the college's growing pool of Business Ambassadors.