Alison Maynard, the Principal of South Tyneside College, has been promoted to a senior post at the North East’s newest college.

Ms Maynard has vowed to continue her quest for better skills training for students after being appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Tyne Coast College.

Tyne Coast College was created in August 2017 from the merger of South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet), North Tyneside.

In her new role, she will advance the delivery of a vocational skills agenda that supports the North East’s economic growth ambitions.

These include helping to produce the highly skilled employees to power high-tech businesses at the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park, near Nissan.

Ms Maynard said: “My goal has always been to increase the opportunities available to people of all ages to improve their skills and succeed in their careers.

“That is best served by delivering high-quality vocational training in partnership with the region’s employers, something South Tyneside College and Tyne Coast College specialise in.

“The North East has a skills shortage in certain sectors, but that runs alongside a huge demand for learning and massive potential for learners to achieve their ambitions.

“Tyne Coast College is at the forefront of the delivery of this exciting skills agenda – it is an arena I specialise in, and one I am looking forward to pursuing further.”

She added: “On a personal level, I am hugely excited to be in a post in which I can better influence the educational direction of Tyne Coast College.

“It has been a privilege to have been Principal of South Tyneside College, and I will continue to be heavily involved in all aspects of its curriculum.”

Ms Maynard, who lives in Sunderland, will continue to oversee education at South Tyneside College and will remain based there.

Tyne Coast College is led by Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE, who said: “Tyne Coast College is bursting with ambition, and Alison shares its vision and drive to bring success to those who want improved skills and opportunities.

“She has the high-level skills, foresight and motivational qualities to help lead the college towards an exceptional future.

“Alison will continue to work closely with her colleagues at South Tyneside College, where she has made such an impact.”

Ms Maynard joined South Tyneside College in 2012 as Director of Curriculum and Quality.

She co-founded Career College North East (CCNE), a learning pathway unique for teaching engineering, advanced manufacturing and computer science, to 14 to 19-year-olds.

CCNE’s initial success means candidates can now also join the prestigious and over-subscribed pre cadetship in marine engineering at South Shields Marine School.

Her work has improved access to courses for all learners and the supporting of employability skills for NEETs and the unemployed.

Other achievements include expanding strategic apprenticeship and traineeship provision, moves which aim to satisfy a regional and national skills improvement agenda.

Such have been the centre’s successes that in 2017 it was named FE provider of the year and FE college of the year in the prestigious Tes FE Awards.

Ms Maynard was previously Director of Vocational Skills at Sunderland College, a position she held from May 2006 to July 2012.

Tyne Coast College cuts across geographical boundaries to deliver a diverse and innovative vocationally-driven curriculum, underpinned by close links to employers.

Its brands include South Tyneside College, TyneMet, Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, in North Shields, and South Shields Marine School.

Other specialist provision includes CCNE, TMC Campus, IGNITE Centre for Engineering & Innovation, Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre, and Creative Studios.