Schoolchildren can access a route into the Merchant Navy through the expansion into new waters of a pioneering South Tyneside College-based education and training initiative.

From September 2017, those aged just 14 can join Career College North East’s (CCNE) new two-year specialist maritime training programme.

It launches with a recruitment event from 5.30pm on Tuesday, June 27, at our Westoe campus in St George's Avenue, South Shields.