Tyne Metropolitan College students had the fantastic opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into Marine Engineering at Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology. 

Benjamin Keenan, 17, North Shields is studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering at TyneMet College said: “I’ve really been looking forward to coming along to the University today and finding out more about Engineering. My main area is of interest is Mechanical Engineering, I’m really enjoying the course at TyneMet, there’s loads of opportunities to get involved with to help you figure out what you want to do. My aspiration is to go onto an apprenticeship, I think this is a great way to learn.”

Benjamin spent the day shadowing Electro Mechanical Technician Apprentice, Lena Brown, 19, from South Shields who said: “I grew up with dreams of becoming a Mechanic, I always loved fixing cars. I then discovered Engineering and found that it offered so much in terms of a career. I really enjoy the mechanical aspect of engineering and making things. As part as my apprentice role we often create tests and demonstrations for students.”

Before securing her apprenticeship with Newcastle University, Lena was an apprentice with Rolls- Royce Training Centre, and studied at TyneMet College herself as part of her apprenticeship.

Newcastle University recently won Bronze Athena Swan Award for Women in Engineering, Lena added: “As a woman in engineering, I’ve had such a positive experience. My big dream is to travel the world and continue my career at the same time.”

Deputy Head of Engineering at TyneMet, Emma Williams said “The College is delighted for the opportunity presented by Newcastle University to demonstrate to our students the vast careers available through engineering. Work placements enable students to gain an insight into the workplace highlighting the endless possibilities available through a career in engineering. TyneMet is committed to equipping young people with relevant skills and qualifications that match employer expectations."

Ian Howard – Row, Senior Instrumentation Technician at Newcastle University said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way for individuals interested in a career in Engineering to gain the relevant and specific skills and knowledge. The University is future-proofing for the desired skills and expertise it requires, I currently have two apprentices and hopefully on completion of their apprenticeships they will be ready for a Technician post.”

National Apprenticeship Week aims to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The College has held events and activities across subject areas to showcase apprentices and apprentice employers. Apprenticeships are a very effective way to provide employers with skilled staff. The College is dedicated in supplying businesses with the right people and training to meet employer needs.

If you’re 16-18 years old and interested in a career in electrical engineering, power your future with an industry approved Electrical Power Course from TyneMet.