Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

South Tyneside College has teamed up with car giant Nissan to launch two exciting new training programmes that give youngsters the skills to support careers in engineering and manufacturing.
We are working with the world-leading motor manufacturer on courses, starting in September 2017, which aim to raise the skill levels of 17 and 18-year-olds from across the North East.
To inspire success, Nissan will guarantee an interview to all students who complete and pass their learning programme.
The company will also provide them with at least three weeks of work experience at its Wearside plant, and help them learn preparation for interview and life skills.
The courses will see all participants gain knowledge of fundamental engineering practises and of working in the engineering manufacturing industry on programmes coordinated by the college.
Those aged 17 will also learn about LEAN processes, the method of factory and plant operation that maximises operational efficiencies.
Nissan manager Steve Pallas said: “By supporting today’s young people to gain new and important qualifications, Nissan is also supporting the workforce of tomorrow.
“It is to the benefit of all manufacturers that school leavers and other teenagers are given every opportunity to support their personal skills development.
“As one of the region’s most prominent employers, we want to lead by example, and that is why we are fully supporting these new qualifications.”
Alison Maynard, Principal of South Tyneside College’s Professional and Vocational College said: “Nissan’s support is a crucial and exciting element of these programmes.
“The combination of expertise provide by Nissan and by South Tyneside College should inspire young people from across the North East to join these courses.
“The programmes are geared entirely at giving them the skills that open opportunity and allow them to move into skilled and well-paid employment.”
Students who are aged 17 in September can gain three industry qualifications, taken in between six and 12 months.
Fundamental Engineering Practises provides the underpinning knowledge of tools and frontline maintenance.
The Certificate in Preparation for Working in the Engineering Manufacturing Industry (CPWEMI) provides learners with the basic knowledge to support the securing of employment. A LEAN processes qualification will also be delivered.
Those aged 18 will sit only the Fundamental Engineering Practises and CPWEMI qualifications, completing the programme in between three and six months.
We are delivering the training in partnership with Sunderland-based NA College, a specialist levy-approved apprenticeship, educational and work-based programme provider.
The courses are among a wide range of high quality, vocationally-directed provision that we supply, the success of which contributed to our being named the country’s top college and the best for overall provision of Further Education at the TES FE Awards 2017.
Those interested in finding out how to join the new programmes should contact Lynn Lincoln at South Tyneside College on 0191 427 3500.