Crucial fire safety expertise has been saved in the North East after South Shields Marine School stepped in to employ experts made redundant with the closure of a specialist training unit.

The Marine School plans to bring in-house the training for Merchant Navy and offshore oil and gas workers that it previously contracted to Impeller Assurance & Resilience, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s commercial partner.


Pioneering education initiative Career College North East (CCNE), which operates from South Tyneside College, has appointed a new head to drive forward its unique programme of academic and vocational learning.

Paul Given, 47, aims to increase its influence on region-wide skills development by growing student numbers while embracing already exceptional partnerships with some of the region’s best-known employers.


The North East’s world-leading maritime training centre has been awarded the UK’s highest further and higher education honour for its ground-breaking innovation in advanced 3D modelling.

South Shields Marine School has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its expertise in creating high-tech under and above water digital scenarios that allow naval architects and civil engineers to design and safely implement multi-million-pound real-world projects.


A business entrepreneur is to take a step back in time by returning to South Tyneside College for the first time in 40 years to help point current students towards future success.

Paul Mackings, chief executive of land and property development company Cameron Hall Developments and a former CEO of Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, hopes his first visit will inspire current learners.


Respected South Shields Marine School lecturer Alain Reynier has received the royal seal of approval for his services to the careers of young seafarers and seafarer welfare over two decades.

He was presented with the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, at a ceremony at Trinity House in London, on Wednesday, November 6.


Daring teenage television show host Danny Murphy created a tremendous splash when he took the plunge to film an episode of his latest challenge series at South Shields Marine School’s Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre (MOST).

Danny, who has born deaf and uses British sign language to converse with his audience, underwent thrills and spills in front of the cameras for CITV’s new DareMaster show.


Women may soon be making more of a splash in the male-dominated maritime industry after the success of an international promotional event celebrated in the North East.

Experts at South Shields Marine School (SSMS) believe the tide could be turning after the annual World Maritime Day threw fresh focus on the need for equality on the high seas.


South Shields Marine School has extended the global reach of its skills training through a pioneering partnership to deliver a new engineering course for students in Northern Ireland seeking careers at sea.

The world-renowned training centre has begun working with South Eastern Regional College (SERC) on a programme that will allow its young learners to take their first steps to becoming maritime industry engineers.


Year of study: 1st Year

Course: Deck Officer

Job Title: Cadet

Company (if applicable):  Pritchard-Gordon Tankers


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