TyneMet College celebrated its annual Higher Education Awards Ceremony on Thursday 26th June 2014 at the Whitley Bay Playhouse.

The College was delighted to welcome Lord Beecham as the key note speaker for the Ceremony. Lord Beecham congratulated all of the students on their achievements and gave an inspirational speech, mentioning how impressed he was by the College facilities and the range of courses which are so relevant to the needs of the North-East economy.

Lord Beecham said:

“Tyneside was for long the heart of the shipbuilding and heavy engineering industries, and generations of young people acquired the skills to work in them through apprenticeships. Those industries declined starkly in the 1980’s and the traditional routes into employment largely died with them.  

“It’s great that this college, recognised as one of the top performing colleges in the country, is offering  youngsters and mature students first class training in the skills required in our modern  economy, from  hi-tech and engineering to the caring professions, retail and sports.”

During the Ceremony 80 students individually took to the stage and in front of the TyneMet College Governors were personally congratulated by Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive of TyneMet College, Bill Midgley, Chair of Governors, TyneMet College, and Lord Beecham.

Students’ families and friends, honoured guests, local businesses and representatives from across the region made up the 400 strong audience at the Playhouse.

Bill Midgley, Governor, TyneMet College said:

“The performance of students is extremely encouraging and congratulations are due to all on their personal success.  The provision of Higher Education at TyneMet complements the wide range of further education facilities offered by the College, fulfilling the skills need of the region and importantly the needs of individuals in meeting future challenges in the world of employment.”

The College is continually expanding its already broad range of Foundation Degrees and Teacher Training qualifications to meet the demands of local industry and employers with the aim of creating more employment opportunities for students and to develop highly skilled workers of the future.”

To view a full list of the students visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/awards

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