TyneMet students have taken part in a variety of inter-college skills competitions across a number of departments including sport, construction and health and social care.

Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive of TyneMet College said: “At TyneMet, we’re proud to be an integral part of our region’s culture and economy. We work closely with our employer partners to ensure our strong industry connections translate to an excellent learning experience for our students, whilst also providing the region with an experienced and skilled workforce, equipped with the qualifications required to carry out future careers, to a high standard.  

“By offering our students the opportunity to take part in inter-college skill competitions, it enables them to hone their skills in preparation for and during an event in a professional and competitive environment, whilst networking with other students and experience a huge feeling of accomplishment.”

One example of this is TyneMet Apprentice Andrew Pearson who is undertaking an apprenticeship with Active Northumberland and recently fulfilled one of his biggest dreams - winning the AOC Regional Personal Trainer Competition.

The College hosted this years AOC Regional Fitness Competition and Andrew, 21, from Seghill in Northumberland was awarded first position in the Personal Trainer Competition for the North of England. 

Following studying a Level 3 Sports Development (apprenticeship), Andrew then progressed to complete a Level 2 certificate in fitness instruction followed by a Level 3 certificate in Personal Training, all with TyneMet.

Andrew comments: “Participating in the AOC regionals was really exciting and a truly enjoyable experience, it was a very professional atmosphere and I felt prepared for the competition because of my coaching experiences within my apprenticeship at Active Northumberland. It was great to meet other up-and-coming personal trainers in the industry and I learnt a lot from the experience. I’m now getting ready for the semi- finals and my dream is to compete on the world skills event.”

Two of TyneMet’s adult learners, currently enrolled on a Level 2 Dry Lining course, also put their skills to the test in a recent regional skill build competition, held at Stockport college. With the support of dedicated tutors, Mark Davis and Robert Jeffels undertook a variety of training in preparation for the competition, which resulted in them gaining Gold and Silver awards respectively. 

Michael Burton, Head of Engineering, Construction and IT said: “Inter-college skills competitions offer a whole host of benefits to students. In the run up to a competition, it requires a lot of dedication and effort from both student and tutor to ensure they are fully prepared and able to give their best on the day. Following the competition, Mark and Robert who are both self employed, found that not only are they benefiting from an increase in confidence but also an increase in business due to the recognition of their specialist skills.”

For more information about the variety of courses on offer at TyneMet, visit: tynemet.ac.uk or call 0191 229 5000.