TyneMet College is powering Northern Power Grid’s employees with Higher Education qualifications which support the electrical sector skills shortage.  As an established provider of HE qualifications for Northern Power Grid, the College is leading the way in industry developed courses and training.

The College and the University of Sunderland have worked in collaboration to develop a Foundation Degree in Electrical Power, which is accredited by the University of Sunderland. The suite of HE courses meet the growing demands of today’s power engineering sector. TyneMet has worked closely with Northern Power Grid to develop a delivery model that not only addresses the extensive skills shortage in the sector but equips learners with industry specific skills and qualifications. The success of the Foundation Degree in Electrical Power has progressed to the College now delivering HNC in Electrical Engineering for Northern Power Grid. 

Head of Rural Zones, Sean Caskey said: “We are now in the third year of our partnership with TyneMet College. They have ticked all the boxes – the qualifications are proving to be very effective – our employees are ready for the task in hand and leave TyneMet with a power based qualification linked to their job. The HND programme launched is very promising and we look forward to building upon our success with the College.”

Northern Power Grids’ workers travel from across the region and as far afield as Yorkshire to study HE courses at TyneMet College. 

Frances Humphries a Design Technician at Northern Power Grid said: “I have worked extensively in the power sector for a number of years. I’m very focused on reaching my career goals and the HNC in Electrical Engineering I am studying at TyneMet will help me progress into a career in Engineering. The course has been great and the teaching is brilliant.”

Andy Smith, Engineering Course Leader at Tyne Metropolitan College said: “We have worked closely with Northern Power Grid to provide a flexible curriculum delivery of a wide range of Higher Education courses that meet the intrinsic industry needs of the electrical power industry.”

Andy added: “The skills shortage in this sector is evident, to tackle this issue we’ve launched a brand new course for 2016 an HNC in Electrical Engineering for the electrical power industry developed with input from Northern Power Grid.”

TyneMet are huge advocate of the Higher Learning, Higher Earning project which aims to close the gap between the North East and the rest of the UK regarding the working population achieving a Level 4 qualification or above.

Deputy Principal Curriculum and Business Development, Audrey Kingham said:

“Higher Learning, Higher Earning is all about reaching out at a community level by boosting prospects and meets industry demands through quality education. The initiative provides an excellent outlet to raise awareness of the benefits of studying at a degree-level and endorses the wide reaching opportunities that come from higher education study in a college environment.”

 In its Higher Education portfolio, the College is leading the way since 2005, TyneMet College and the University of Sunderland have been working in partnership to provide Higher Education to the region; inspiring generations of people to advance their prospects through education. Since the partnership began, there have been nearly 4,000 students studying a range of 45 different University of Sunderland HE programmes at TyneMet College.