Overseas cadets studying at world-renowned South Shields Marine School are making waves by netting new roles alongside their studies.

They have thrown themselves in at the deep end to support high-flying South Shields Football Club - by volunteering as match day stewards.

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For those in the know, work experience is a vital but often overlooked and neglected piece of the Further Education jigsaw.


That’s why, as of now, the time is right for a new conversation between education providers and employers – and students, too – about how it must be a crucial link between the classroom and the workplace.

The concept is clear - why would any student or learner dive into the employment deep end of a sector or industry they had not first dipped their toes into to ensure it suited their career designs?

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Players at the North East’s top rugby league club faced four seasons in one day when they undertook a unique team bonding challenge – with the support of Tyne Coast College (TCC).

Newcastle Thunder’s first team squad took the plunge into a state-of-the-art environmental pool at TCC’s Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre (MOST) in South Shields.

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New careers at sea will be launched when South Shields Marine School opens its doors to potential Merchant Navy recruits on Saturday, November 13.

Our experts will be on hand to give advice to people considering a well-paid life on the ocean waves, from 10am to 2pm.

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South Tyneside College have been successful with a program to provide an amazing opportunity for learners to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to lead in football coaching in the area.

Working in partnership with the English Colleges FA (ECFA) four students have been selected as part of a new coaching academy to lead the growth of the game in South Tyneside through their Development Fund.

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South Shields Marine School’s experts are sparking an international fire safety collaboration into life in Africa.

They have provided vital technical know-how that is helping Kenya’s navy build its first specialist fire-fighting training centre.

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South Shields Marine School’s award-winning 3D modelling team is rewriting history – but it could take some time.

To keep pace with technology, the team is upgrading computer files which hold details of their ground-breaking work in ship and port digital modelling from more than 20 years.

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Maritime expert Simon Ashton has brought his career full circle by being named the new Principal of South Shields Marine School.

Simon, 46, began his training as an ambitious cadet at the marine school – the world’s oldest purpose-built maritime training centre – in 1993.

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Our hard-working GCSE maths and English students have excelled, new results show today.

South of the river all 38 English language learners passed – and 36.8% did so at high grade, and there was similar success on our maths courses.

All 28 maths foundation and tier F students passed, at 35.7% and 100% high grade respectively. And 81% of our 22 maths higher students passed, 54.5% at high grade.

Overall, that’s a 95.6% pass rate for 90 students – a tremendous 42.2% high grade mark.

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South Shields Marine School has enhanced its status as a world-leading training centre through a £300,000 new generation systems upgrade.

Its world-class bridge simulators, on which seafarers learn their trade via cutting edge ship modelling and 3D visuals, now run on Norwegian technology firm Kongsberg’s latest K-Sim maritime software.

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