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TyneMet and Northern Power Grid powering Higher Education

Supporting the electrical sector skills shortage with industry-developed training

TyneMet College is training Northern Power Grid’s employees with Higher Education qualifications, which support the electrical sector skills shortage and lead the way in industry-developed courses and training.

In order to meet the growing demands of today’s power engineering sector, TyneMet College and the University of Sunderland have worked in collaboration to develop an accredited Foundation Degree in Electrical Power. This has led to the College now delivering a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering for Northern Power Grid.

Head of Rural Zones, Sean Caskey said: “We are now in the third year of our partnership with TyneMet College. They have ticked all the boxes – the qualifications are proving to be very effective – our employees are ready for the task in hand and leave TyneMet with a power based qualification linked to their job. The HND programme launched is very promising and we look forward to building upon our success with the College.”

Northern Power Grid workers travel from across the region and as far afield as Yorkshire to study the HE courses at TyneMet College.

Frances Humphries, a Design Technician at Northern Power Grid, said:

I have worked extensively in the power sector for a number of years. I’m very focused on reaching my career goals and the HNC in Electrical Engineering I am studying at TyneMet will help me progress into a career in Engineering. The course has been great and the teaching is brilliant.

Andy Smith, Engineering Course Leader at Tyne Metropolitan College said:

We have worked closely with Northern Power Grid to provide a flexible curriculum delivery of a wide range of Higher Education courses that meet the intrinsic industry needs of the electrical power industry. TyneMet are a huge advocate of the Higher Learning, Higher Earning project which aims to close the gap between the North East and the rest of the UK regarding the working population achieving a Level 4 qualification or above.

Since the TyneMet College and the University of Sunderland partnership began in 2005, there have been nearly 4,000 students studying a range of 45 different University of Sunderland HE programmes at TyneMet College.

If you would like more information on how your organisation can benefit from industry-developed courses, please get in touch.