TyneMet offer a wide range of apprenticeships, from employers across the North East. The College offers high-quality training and exceptional business support to help propel businesses and their employees to success. The College is hoping to encourage employers to work with more apprentices.

National Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic week-long event that TyneMet is proud to support and share the benefits of such tailored training programmes so that students get a better understanding of the apprenticeship programmes offered at the College. An Apprenticeship Fair was held on March 7th to facilitate students speaking with employers and experienced apprentices from a number of businesses associated with TyneMet.

Lots of students showed interest in the event, enjoying updates from employers and apprentices who were happy enough to express their knowledge of specific jobs and workplaces. Employers spoke about the benefits an apprentice can bring to the workplace, Kris from Tyne Gangway even mentioned why he would take on an apprentice: “I myself have been an apprentice, which is why I am keen to bring more apprentices into my workplace and give them the opportunity to express their interest in the engineering business. There has been too much focus on academics these days, making it difficult to get the experience needed for a workplace.”

Kris, Works Director of Tyne Gangway also added: “Apprentices can progress into a variety of jobs within our business, giving them the choice of where they would like to end up after their apprenticeship, whether that be with us or with another company.”

Employers and apprentices showed up from a variety of businesses. Those that attended the event were Newcastle United Foundation, Valley Gardens Middle School, Hareside Primary School, Siemens, Tyne gangway, Button Beauty Academy, P.Wilkes, NHS and TyneMet.

The Apprenticeship Fair welcomed students from many different departments who showed an interest in the different businesses, some even signing up for an apprenticeship after seeing the experience of the apprentices at the event.

Following the Apprenticeship Fair Tyne Metropolitan College have entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, a search for the apprentice team of the year.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 sees teams of apprentices undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer, by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of an apprenticeship.

Regarding this several of TyneMet’s apprentices who were present at the apprenticeships fair have joined together to form a team of 9, including team leader Ellen Gibson.    

Team leader Ellen Gibson, an Apprentice Teaching Assistant at Hareside Primary School spoke of her experience and why she would recommend an apprenticeship: “The workplace is very varied - no two days are the same and the experience gained is invaluable. After the apprenticeship there is a chance to go into a different department, there are no limits!”

Apprentices at the event who are currently doing an apprenticeship with TyneMet College were very positive about their courses. They were happy to share their experience with other students and were delighted to be able to recommend an apprenticeship with TyneMet.

For more information about apprenticeships at TyneMet College visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/apprenticeships call 0191 229 5179 or email business@tynemet.ac.uk.