Building a career link

Shirley Gelder, business development consultant at South Tyneside College, with North East Training Solutions founder and managing director Michael Thompson. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.
Shirley Gelder, business development consultant at South Tyneside College, with North East Training Solutions founder and managing director Michael Thompson. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.

A Cramlington firm has landed a substantial contract to help youngsters get on the career ladder.

North East Training Solutions Ltd (NETS) has teamed up with South Tyneside College to provide apprenticeship training for 16 to 24-year-olds north of the Tyne.

The new contract will see NETS deliver fully accredited and recognised vocational apprenticeships in Level 2 Multi-Craft Building Maintenance and Level 2 Plastering in its purpose-built workshops and classrooms at Bassington Industrial Estate.

NETS founder and managing director Michael Thompson said: “We are delighted to win a second contract with South Tyneside College.

“Through our partnership with South Tyneside College we aim to train and seek employment for up to 50 apprentices this year.

“The college has a strong track record in delivering apprenticeship programmes across a wide range of vocational areas and is forward thinking in extending its provision north of the Tyne.”

Shirley Gelder, business development consultant at South Tyneside College, said: “Developing people through learning is at the heart of everything we do.

“As a local college, we obviously have a heavy focus on education both in South Tyneside and more widely across the north east through our education partners and employers.

“We had no hesitation in extending our contract with NETS. The facilities and quality of teaching are excellent. We want to grow as a college through quality partnerships and NETS is a great fit for us.”

NETS launched in February 2013 and currently employ ten staff and two apprentices at its Cramlington HQ.

The company offers vocational studies in joinery, plastering, bricklaying, painting and plumbing as well as NCFE (Northern Council for Further Education) qualifications in maths and English.