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New science school responds to Science City initiative

Date 5 Oct 2007
Author The Editor

Newcastle College has responded to the region's Science City initiative by creating a new School of Applied Science. The vision for the new school is a new facility which will develop programmes in growth areas such as general manufacturing, aerospace, bio science, pharmaceutical, gas, oil, petrochemical, transportation, computing and sub-sea industries.

The School's aim is to address skills shortages and offer employers a responsive curriculum aimed at contributing to wealth creation in the region, and provide learning opportunities for students of all ages.

The college has already built links with Sector Skills Councils, SEMTA, NEPIC and CELS, all of which are responsible for growing and formulating a response to the needs of these industries. It is also working with North East Higher Skills Network to develop new curriculum offer.

Alan Bainbridge, Director of the School for Applied Science at Newcastle College, said: "The creation of the new school will not only enable us to become a major contributor to building a highly adaptable workforce for these expanding industries but it will also allow us to provide specialist programmes in direct response to employers' needs. "It will also help to establish and support world class further and higher education opportunities, providing an integrated chain of progression from school leavers through to experienced specialists."


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