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Newcastle College is to work with Port of Blyth to increase opportunities in fast-growing area of the region's economy.
Newcastle College is joining forces with the Port of Blyth to launch a new training centre in one of the North East’s fastest growing sectors.
The college is to link up with Port Training Services to develop training programmes for people wanting to work in the offshore energy sector.
Students will be based at the PTS complex in Blyth, benefitting both from PTS’ teaching accommodation and the working facilities of the Port of Blyth and they will also attend the college’s energy academy in Wallsend, which has the world’s most advanced immersive Hybrid Reality (iHR) system for offshore wind training.
The first intake of students is expected in September, with a two-year course on offshore energy and subsea engineering, plus an apprenticeship in maintenance and operations engineering.
Plans are also being developed to expand the partnership with further qualifications and to build employer relationships which can provide work experience opportunities in and around the Port of Blyth.
Marc McPake, director of business partnerships at Newcastle College, said: “The North East region is a UK hub for the energy sector, with many key employers based here.
“The industry has grown more than 60% since 2010 and it is no surprise that it is seen as a priority growth area for both the North East and the UK as a whole.
“With another 27,000 jobs set to be created by 2030, it’s important there are enough skilled people being trained to fill those roles and a partnership between Newcastle College and Port Training Services will ensure that young people living in the region can benefit from those opportunities.”
Port of Blyth chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “This partnership offers excellent outcomes for both offshore energy related businesses based in the region and young people keen to get into an industry with excellent prospects.
“Through the unique opportunity this partnership will provide, students will not only benefit from high quality training but will also gain access to both real world facilities and employers actively searching for the talented workforce of the future.
“For some time, PTS has been at the forefront of tackling the skills challenge in the port and marine sector and through this partnership with Newcastle College, we’re delighted that the team at PTS will be able to utilise their skills and experience directly in an offshore energy training environment.”
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