Career College North East, our unique, accelerated vocationally-driven provision for 14 to 16 year-olds, boasts great links to the region’s employers and puts learners in the fast track to the career they want, two years ahead of their peers. While still at school, they can join us to study engineering, advanced manufacturing or computer science - all fast-evolving employment sectors with highly-paid jobs for those with relevant skills - and, from September 2017, maritime studies through a new partnership with world-renowned South Shields Marine School. Those who complete the two-year maritime training route will be guaranteed a place on a level 3 Pre-Cadetship – a major step towards a career in the Merchant Navy. Here, they will continue their studies at the marine school and specialise in either a nautical and engineering career pathway. On all Career College courses, learners gain by studying their chosen specialism at South Tyneside College for two days a week, with three days at our partner school, Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields, learning the core academic curriculum of English language, English literature, mathematics, science and humanities subjects.
Youth College is our highly-rated initiative that supports youngsters who have struggled in mainstream secondary education to get back on track to qualifications and a brighter future. Its exceptional success has been highly praised by Ofsted, which found students quickly make ‘very good progress’ from low starting points, with behaviour and attitudes to learning improving and instances of poor behaviour much lower than when at school.
Based within our main Westoe campus in South Shields, Youth College provides study in vocational subjects such as engineering, catering, hair and beauty, and public services, alongside functional skills or GCSEs in English and mathematics, core ingredients to opening new avenues to learning and long-term employment success.
Our 14-16 provision was assessed by Ofsted in April 2017, with inspectors praising our senior leaders for establishing ‘effective governance and management arrangements’ to oversee the development of both the Career College and Youth College and for ensuring appropriate policies and processes are in place to meet the requirements of this age group. Ofsted found provision to be so good that all Career College students are expected to move onto an apprenticeship or continue their studies at a higher level, and all Youth College students expected to progress onto a higher-level qualification during the next academic year.