South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has given her local constituency college a big vote of confidence after seeing its highly rated facilities at first hand.

She did so after touring South Tyneside College as part of an annual national education initiative – and to learn more about its ambitions for the future.

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South Tyneside College/South Shields Marine School has taken a major step towards relocating after getting the green light to build a multi-million-pound campus in the heart of South Shields.

In a boost to ongoing town centre redevelopment, we have secured £20m of government funding to build new premises around a mile from our current site at Westoe.

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South Shields Marine School has played a key part in turning the tide against poor safety at sea which experts say is causing needless fishermen deaths.

Its specialist maritime survival centre has hosted three days of new-style instruction to emphasize to trawlermen the danger of setting sail without a life jacket.

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South Tyneside College’s support for a young people’s education initiative in Zimbabwe has taken a novel turn.

In 2014, through our Dr Winterbottom Charitable Fund, we donated around 10,000 books to the Youth Contact Centre music and creative arts collective in the town of Bulawayo.

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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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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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