Northumberland College Launch Blyth Level 2 Engineering Qualification

20 August 2020

Northumberland College, supported by Port Training Services, is to offer a Level 2 Engineering in Offshore Energy qualification that will provide routes into further training & employment in the offshore energy sector.

The college, which is part of Education Partnership North East, will offer the course aimed for 16-18-year-olds at its new campus at the Port of Blyth from September 2020.

Including classrooms and a state-of-the-art engineering workshop, the facility will give students the opportunity to learn in a real-world environment surrounded by major offshore engineering companies.

The course will provide an essential platform of knowledge, understanding and applied skills around the design and construction of structures used in the oil, gas and energy industry through a mix of theory and practical work alongside work placements. Student experience will be enriched by the broad industry links in and around the port.

Joanne McManus, Associate Principal at Northumberland College, said: “It is estimated the UK will need 1.8 million fully trained workers in the engineering industry by 2025, and this course will offer young people excellent training opportunities and career prospects in a fantastic location. We are excited to deliver this new course and support bridging the skills gap within the North East and wider industry.”

Port of Blyth Chief Executive Martin Lawlor, added: “We’re delighted to see Northumberland College roll out this new Level 2 engineering qualification from their facility at the Port as it provides another opportunity for local people to access training that will help tackle the skills shortage faced by many offshore energy engineering businesses located in Blyth and the surrounding areas.

“In addition, it also provides real opportunities for new entrants to the renewable energy sector which is set to grow significantly in the region over the coming years.”

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