Career College North East (South Tyneside) – Advanced manufacturing, engineering and computer science

  1. Specialism

    Advanced manufacturing, engineering and computer science.

South Tyneside College and St. Wilfrids RC College have launched the UK’s first Career College for advanced manufacturing, engineering and computer science. This pioneering partnership between a college and school – Career College North East – aims to equip the region’s young talent with the academic and practical skills needed to progress into relevant careers. The vision for the Career College North East is to inspire and equip young people to become the next generation of advanced manufacturing engineers and computer scientists.


The Engineering and Manufacturing sector in the North East is facing a skills shortage over the next five years and it is estimated that up to 8,500 people will retire from the sector but that 23,500 jobs in engineering and manufacturing alone will be created over this period. Increased production at manufacturing companies, as well as their associated supply chains, will all need skilled workers across a diverse range of roles and Career College North East will therefore provide a unique vocational training solution to bridge this skills gap as well as contributing towards the growing success of organisations in the region.
This is why the curriculum set for the participating 14 to 19 year olds will be heavily influenced by employers via a robust employer engagement strategy. Employers will provide advice on areas of the curriculum to be included that would be of value in their industry. In addition, they will have a key role in designing and assessing work-based opportunities and industry projects set for learners, to ensure they are of value to both the organisation and the student.

Curriculum content will include an academic EBacc route, comprising of a demanding national curriculum of GCSE subjects including English, maths, sciences, RE, Humanities and languages. There will be a vocational route of a highly regarded BTEC Engineering programme. At Key Stage 4, the balance of time between core studies (General Education/ Enrichment) and technical studies is 80:20. Career. Students will have at least 30 days work experience arranged by the Career College, in dialogue with the employer partners. St Wilfrids will deliver a contextualised core curriculum for the 14-16 phase and also contribute to the 16-19 phase through the provision of an A level route. South Tyneside College will deliver the vocational elements to all students and also provide Apprenticeship pathways and HE modules as appropriate.

CCNE computer

The College’s new advanced manufacturing and engineering facilities have been developed to respond to the needs of the industry in disciplines including:

  • Fabrication and Sheet Metalwork;
  • MIG, TIG and Oxyacetylene Welding;
  • General Engineering, and,
  • Computer Science.

As a result of studying at the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Career College students will have:

  • Been exposed to a range of career opportunities which are available within the wider Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing industry;
  • Been educated in a curriculum designed and developed with direct input and guidance from employers;
  • Had hands on experience in the delivery of significant work-related projects;
  • Increased learning and job outcome potential resulting from the direct links with Higher Education and industry and will be supported to achieve positive destinations in employment, apprenticeships or Higher Education;
  • Been positioned to benefit from new industrial careers and the increased opportunities which are expected to materialise within the region; and,
  • An extensive understanding of careers and progression opportunities within the industry.


The curriculum focus is to develop well–rounded and confident young people who are able to work to outstanding effect in a range of environments and with a cross-section of people.

News and Updates


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