Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

College to Build Stronger Links with Employers; SPONSOR'S MESSAGE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

College to Build Stronger Links with Employers; SPONSOR'S MESSAGE

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FROM expanding the buildings to increasing the numbers of students through the doors, the College Leadership Team at Middlesbrough College has its sights firmly fixed on improving the prospects of young people and helping the region's employers create a workforce the future.

In addition to its investment plans - which will see PS20m ploughed into developments in the next two years - the college has just been awarded PS10,000 to carry out a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities between now and March next year.

The funding, provided by The Education and Training Foundation, will allow the college to expand its STEM Network and interact with even more employers.

The college already has good links with industry thanks to a newly established STEM Advisory Board, the college's apprenticeship links and by delivering tailor-made training to companies from a wide range of sectors.

The PS10,000 will enable staff to increase those links even further.

Helen Talbot, STEM education officer, said: "Already timetabled are a series of enrichment activities for students and pupils from schools across the region and these are published on our dedicated part of the college's website, located at

"These enrichment activities will allow young people to experience what it is like working in a STEM industry.

"We have very close links with a range of companies including Sembcorp, EDF Energy, Johnson Matthey and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.

"The funding will also allow Middlesbrough College to provide training for industry representatives, enabling them to work with young people.

"This will provide them with the skills needed to run engaging and interactive activities for young people across the Tees Valley.

"The money will also enable staff at Middlesbrough College to take part in activities that allows them to learn more about local STEM based industries."

Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive, said: "This funding provides a fantastic opportunity for the college. …

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