Colleges Week 2021
The Director General for Higher Education and Further Education visited City Campus to discover more about the outstanding learning opportunities Sunderland College is creating for young people and adults across the region.
Paul Kett, who is leading figure in the Department for Education’s (DfE) leadership team, was welcomed by Chief Executive Ellen Thinnesen and Chair of Governors Rob Lawson who spoke about how a future ready vision and strategic plan has positioned the group as an engaged and influential sector leader with a strong reputation and growing partnerships.
We are continually investing in our facilities to give our students outstanding learning experience, whilst equipping them with the skills needed to progress into key industries and sectors.Find out more
Our ambitious students gained the grades to progress and achieve their university and career ambitions, despite the challenges of the last 12 months.
Colleges play a vital role locally, regionally and nationally. Staff from across Education Partnership North East discuss why they #LoveOurColleges and how they help build communities, boost businesses, and support people to unlock their potential.
Sunderland College is embarking on a multi-million-pound redevelopment programme to transform a 1920s building at its Bede Campus into an immersive learning environment that will deliver the workers of tomorrow through new T Level qualifications.
Backed by a successful £3 million T Level Capital Fund application, the campus’ Bede Building is being transformed into a world-class, cutting-edge immersive learning environment that will provide a backdrop for the provision of prestigious T Levels.
Launched last year by the Department for Education to nurture the talent of tomorrow, T Levels combine classroom and workplace learning, in the process affording students qualifications that are equivalent to three A-Levels.
Alongside partners in the North East, we have recently launched brand new Skills Bootcamps in Digital including courses in data analysis, digital marketing and cyber security.
They are specifically designed to offer individuals employment-focused skills to help increase their chances of getting a job in the digital sector. Anyone who successfully completes a course is also guaranteed an interview with a local employer.
Education Partnership North East continues to lead the way in producing the next generation of frontline health care professionals.
With the NHS and health sector under increased pressure during unprecedented times, Education Partnership North East continues to lead the way in producing the next generation of frontline health care professionals.
Labour MP Julie Elliott is delighted that Sunderland College will be leading the way in technical skills training when brand-new Digital Innovation Centre opens later this year. Prestigious new employer designed technical courses across construction, digital, health, science and education will began in September 2021, with further new courses in digital infrastructure, business administration and engineering and manufacturing starting in 2022.
A civil engineering hopeful has secured a valuable industry placement with one of the North East’s biggest construction companies. Cameron Kershaw, who is studying a BTEC in Engineering at Sunderland College, has been given the opportunity to put his training into practice on one of Sunderland’s newest developments thanks to Tolent and housing association Gentoo.
Education Partnership North East has appointed Jeff Bower as a dedicated industry lead to further develop its engineering and manufacturing academic and technical provision across its regional group of colleges.
Plans for a cutting-edge training facility that will see Sunderland people trained to build and upgrade the city’s homes locally, using modern construction methods, low carbon, renewable energy and smart technology is set to take a step forward next week. An ambitious vision to build a Housing Innovation and Construction Skills Academy (HICSA) – a ground-breaking facility that will educate, train and upskill local people to create innovative factory-built new homes, the first of which will be assembled at Riverside Sunderland – is set to advance, with Sunderland Cabinet expected to give the green light to seek funding for the building.
World leading green tech company Envision Group and Sunderland College will create dozens of manufacturing Apprenticeship opportunities as part of a billion-pound boost to the UK’s automotive industry. Plans have been submitted by Envision’s battery technology division, Envision AESC, for a £450m battery manufacturing plant at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in Washington which will create more than 750 green jobs and safeguarding 300 more at the company’s Sunderland base if approved.
Sunderland College is supporting ambitious plans to drive down emissions and make Sunderland a carbon neutral city by 2040. A range of people and organisations have all helped shape a Low Carbon Framework, which sets out ways in which we can all do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint, and play a part in the fight to limit the global temperature rise to below 1.5°C.