Students will be able to get a firmer footing in the jobs market as a new Career College is offered.
Northumberland College, based in Ashington, has introduced the initiative, which is part of a national scheme to combine academic studies with high quality practical learning in a specific industry.
Employers help to design and deliver the curriculum to ensure it is relevant for the world of work.
Initially, the college will offer land-based and rural tourism specialisms, starting in September, and for 2017 there are plans to add similar courses in construction, engineering and hospitality.
College principal Marcus Clinton said: “Our Career College course provision is being designed with input from employers to ensure students’ learning is completely relevant to our specialist industry sectors.
“We already offer vocational learning to thousands of learners post-16, but by 2017 those aged 14 will have the choice to study at our Career College.”
The plans have already been backed by employers such as Northumberland Tourism, Banks Mining, Think IT and Arch.
Career Colleges Trust chief executive Ruth Gilbert said: “I am delighted to see the opening of another Career College, expanding our network further.
“Together with Northumberland College, our aim is to ensure that young people have access to high quality, employer-led training within industries that offer plentiful career pathways and opportunities.”