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Bethany decided to have a bit of a career change after giving birth in 2018 and gaining a new lease of life. And after spending time looking at various construction trades, Bethany knew electrical installation was the one for her.

During her first year of study, Bethany was also working in customer service at a hotel, and was lucky enough to be mentored through work experience and advised by the Building Services Manager. While picking up skills during her work experience and following advice from her mentor, she realised an apprenticeship was the route she wanted to go down.

To help secure an apprenticeship, Beth decided to think outside of the box and set up LinkedIn and Twitter pages, attended workshops, created a portfolio and did a lot of industry research. She also had lots of support from course tutor, Derek. “Derek was really encouraging from the TyneMet taster day right through! Really positive and full of tips and advice for getting ahead in the industry.”

Now, Bethany is completing an apprenticeship with construction company, TClarke. “I love ‘the fresh air feeling’.” Beth said. “It’s that freedom of movement, the exertion of physical energy coupled with problem-solving and teamwork. I’m currently helping to build a brand new secondary school in Northumberland. I love the large scale of things and the wide variety of jobs. The space is highly transient, each day the building grows a little.”

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Nominated after impressing course tutors with his work ethic, Plumbing apprentice, Alex Robinson, competed in the HIP Learner of the Year 2021 national finals.

As part of the competition, Alex had to pass a multi-choice and written exam, as well as an interview. After his success in the regional competition, he has now reached the national finals, which will see judges from HIP attending the College to watch Alex take part in a practical assessment.

“It’s given me a good sense of achievement.” Alex said. “It’s proved I’ve put the work in. It’s also something I can put on my CV to support me with jobs when I finish the course, so I’m really happy I’ve made the finals.”


After studying her level 2 and 3 Counselling qualification, Claire decided to return to complete her foundation degree with us.

“I decided to return to study the foundation degree in Counselling after recognising significant needs in people around me and not being able to offer the level of support I wanted to. It was quite intimidating starting again after such a gap and I felt a little lost the first few sessions. It didn’t take me long however, with the guidance and knowledge of tutors, Rob and Carmel, to feel at ease and pick up on what was going on. I cannot rate Rob and Carmel and the foundation degree high enough. It was an unforgettable experience; it gave me so much support and guidance for working in the counselling field. We were told at the start it would change our lives and it most certainly does, the PD experience and space are truly amazing and as a group we still keep in touch.”

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Rabia already has a masters in Science, but wanted a career change. So, she decided to study Hairdressing. With no experience in hairdressing at all, she started from the very beginning, but worked her way up.

“I was inspired by watching other hairdressers work, it was really fascinating, so decided to come to TyneMet to learn my new skill. I’ve learnt so many new skills since starting my studies including teamwork, communication and time management – all the skills that are important for a career in hairdressing. My favourite part of the course has been cutting as it’s come natural to me. I really enjoy working in the salons at college as I can easily see how things are in practice. The tutors on the course are great too, they really point you in the right direction and help to recognise your strengths and weaknesses to help you achieve.”

Rabia started from level 1 and progressed to level 3 in September.

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Rebecca Chambers studied Access to HE Diploma: Health and is now studying at Northumbria University to become a midwife.

“I studied the Access to HE course because I knew that this was the pathway I needed to study Midwifery in uni. With no qualifications at school, I was able to brush up on my L1 and L2 maths and English. 

To get on the course at uni, I needed 2 distinctions and ended up with 3! The course has definitely given me the confidence boost I needed and has been a stepping stone towards my dream career. 

I would definitely recommend the Access courses to anyone who wants to anyone who wants to get back into education – the teaching styles and support you receive is fantastic!”

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Meet our former Early Years’ student and owner of Rise & Shine Nursery, Claire.

Claire first started studying with us in 2007 and since then has gone on to achieve amazing things. Claire decided to study with us after taking part in work experience which made her realise that Early Years was the route for her. She then decided to study a two year course with us before progressing on to our Foundation Degree. Following her course, she was lucky enough to be kept on a as staff member at one of her placements in a private nursery. After moving to various roles within Early Years, Claire then decided she wanted to set up her own playgroup. To help achieve her dream, she contacted local schools to rent out a space. After settling on a location, she rented one room and employed another two members of staff with 12 children on the books. Fast-forward to today, Claire now employs 16 staff with over 100 children on her nursery books.

Here’s what she says about her experiences of studying with us:

“The staff were all so lovely, I had Leanne as my tutor and she was so supportive throughout the whole course. I loved that it was a mixture of placement based learning and college based so you get to build up your experience as you work your way through the course. I would definitely recommend anyone to study Early Years at TyneMet. I had the most enjoyable experience and the staff there made me believe I could achieve anything I put my mind to.”



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