Working together to inspire young engineers

Posted: 12-02-2019 - 208 views

Aspiring young engineers will soon be able to get a taste of real life in the workshop thanks to an exciting new venture by SRC Bede Sixth Form and NETA Training.

The two organisations are working together to offer students the chance to have a go at some real hands-on engineering training alongside their academic subjects.

New for September 2019, the programme will be an additional option for those embarking on STEM-related A level subjects at SRC Bede.

Campus Principal Ben Robinson said: “The programme will give aspiring young engineers a real insight into the industry that will help shape and define their progress.

“By being involved directly with employers and people who have had highly successful careers in a range of engineering disciplines, alongside guest lectures from prestigious universities, students will gain a competitive edge when looking at their next steps.”

SRC Bede Sixth Form offers a variety of A level and A level equivalent subjects along with select full-time vocational options from its campus on Marsh House Avenue in Billingham. While NETA Training delivers full-time engineering courses and apprenticeships at its two purpose-built facilities in Stockton. It also offers specialist and bespoke commercial training to those working in industry.

The Aspiring Young Engineers programme will see the two sites joining forces to offer a unique enrichment opportunity to those SRC Bede students considering future careers in engineering.

NETA Training’s Managing Director Phil Blewitt said: “This will support SRC Bede Sixth Form students who aspire to study engineering at university by giving them a wide range of hands-on practical skills.

“The programme is aimed at linking the theoretical knowledge gained during their A levels to real life engineering applications. Our aim is to better prepare these students for a career in engineering whilst meeting the needs of local employers.”

Running alongside students’ first year of study, those taking part in the scheme will undertake eight dedicated sessions at NETA’s new £1.4m Lustrum training facility covering subjects such as mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems, renewable energy and health and safety. They will also take part in industry visits and master classes as carry out an engineering project.

And up and coming young engineers have already been getting the chance to see how the joint initiative will work as Year 10 and 11 engineering pupils from Ian Ramsey CE Academy took part in a dedicated Aspiring Young Engineers Day.

Ian Ramsey’s design and technology teacher Maria Barnfather said: “Engineering is such a popular course at the school. We are from an area where engineering is in our blood.

“The event at SRC Bede and NETA was a really positive day. Being able to have a go at the practical side of engineering is something that really inspires young people. The pupils came back really positive talking about the opportunities available to them.”


To find out about the full range of courses on offer at SRC Bede Sixth Form at or come along to the college’s next open event on Thursday 14th March, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. For details about the full-time courses available at NETA Training visit NETA is also holding an open event on Tuesday 5th March, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. You can apply now for courses starting this September!