Students from the Percy Hedley School in Killingworth and the Northern Counties School in Jesmond enjoyed a day at TMC Benton, part of TyneMet College.

TMC Benton specialises in qualifications and training for the construction industry, offering hands-on skills training to equip students to build a great career in one of the many exciting areas of building services.

The 18 students were given taster sessions so that they could experience a variety of construction crafts which included Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery and Painting and Decorating.

The students thoroughly enjoyed their day and came away with new skills and a better understanding of the construction industry.

Christine Shanks, Employability Manager, Northern Counties School, Percy Hedley Foundation, said:

“All of the students had a great day at TMC they just wished that they had had more time to do all of the workshops that had been arranged.

“The visit was a huge success and we would love to have an opportunity to do it all again!”

Ian Kennedy, Head of TMC Benton, said:

“The day proved very successful, the students all seemed to enjoy themselves and we hope to run this type of taster day and workshops again.”

TMC offers courses which are perfect for individuals who may have finished school and are looking for an opportunity to get qualified in an exciting sector with great employment prospects.

These courses are also perfect for individuals who are currently out of work and seeking employment.

For more information regarding Construction courses at TMC Benton, call and speak to a TyneMet College Student Advisor on 0191 229 5000, email or visit