IGNITE is the leading the way in industry approved engineering qualifications as employers look to boost workforces with the right skills and the right qualifications for the job.

The thriving facility is helping to attract and train welding professionals through practical training solutions, courses and apprenticeships. North East based company, Responsive Engineering which provides turn-key manufacturing services for the Oil and Gas sector, Defence, Power Generation and Subsea sectors is growing its workforce with TyneMet apprentice supported by Tyne North Training Ltd.

The IGNITE Centre for Engineering and Innovation features cutting-edge engineering technologies, along with along with first class teaching in state-of-the workshops - equipped with the latest industry relevant equipment providing high quality qualifications in Welding, Electrical Engineering, Hydraulics and Machining.

Responsive Engineering welding apprentice, Alex Muir, 18, said: “I decided to go into welding because practical skills are always going to be needed, my grandad was a welder and encouraged me to take the path of a career in engineering. Choosing an apprenticeship meant that I could start earning money straight after school and get a qualification that will help me get into the engineering industry.

IGNITE is a brilliant place to learn, the equipment is all of a very high standard and the teaching is great.” TyneMet’s expansion of its engineering facilities realises the College’s ongoing commitment to supplying forward thinking learning facilities to boost the local economy, whilst meeting the needs of local employers and learners.

Callum Middleton, 17, a welding apprentice with Responsive Engineering said: “For me, an apprenticeship was my first choice. I think they benefit you because you start learning straight away and can get going with your career. I’m really pleased with my decision to become a welder and there’s lots of opportunities to progress in the engineering industry. I really enjoy studying at TyneMet – the IGNITE Centre is first class.”

The launch of the IGNITE Centre for Engineering and Innovation; marks another achievement in the College’s long established STEM journey.  TyneMet’s expansion of its engineering capacity builds upon the College’s ongoing commitment to supply forward thinking learning facilities that boost local economy.