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New £12m TTE training centre on track for 2024 opening

18 Sep 2023

Construction of a new state-of-the-art £12m education and training centre at Middlesbrough College is right on track to be completed next year.

Work only started on the new TTE Technical centre in May of this year, but has already progressed apace.

All ground works on the 3,000 sq m facility have been completed and the steel frame for the two-storey building has also been finished, right on schedule.

The new facility is on course to open for the next academic year in September 2024.

Once complete, the centre will train over 300 full-time students, 300 apprentices and 500 adults each year, alongside a thriving international cohort of students.

Its facilities will include facilities will include seven large multifunction/multidiscipline workshops, seven breakout classrooms and study spaces, a large Conference Room and staff workspaces and a range of student social and welfare areas.

Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College Group, said: “We’re delighted to see the excellent progress which has been made on the new centre.

“It’s been fantastic to come in every day and see the facility taking shape and it’s terrific to know that everything is on schedule for it to be unveiled for the 2024/25 academic year.

“The new centre will further enhance the already extensive STEM offer at our campus in Middlehaven and cement Middlesbrough College Group’s status as one of the UK’s largest Engineering training providers in the country.”

This month marks the 15th year that Middlesbrough College Group has been on its Middlehaven site.

During that time, the College’s facilities and estate have grown substantially with additions including the opening of its £10m STEM centre in 2015 and subsequent expansion of the centre, a £10m sixth form centre, a purpose-built University Centre and the opening of its £4.5m Digital Centre in 2021.

The campus at Middlehaven is now home to over £120m worth of buildings and facilities, an expansion which has been matched by Middlesbrough College’s ever-increasing range of courses and qualifications.

Across the different arms of the Middlesbrough College Group, which includes training provider TTE Technical and apprenticeships specialist Northern Skills, more than 10,000 students take part in education and training ranging from part time skills courses to full-time degrees.

Enrolment for the current academic year is still going on, although time is running out for people to register for their next learning journey.

Places are still available on most courses. This includes full-time course routes including A Levels, T Levels, Vocational courses and Apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds in subjects such as sport, travel & tourism, catering, construction, health & social care.

The College also offers Access to HE Diploma courses which are part-time one-year courses for those who wish to return to study and potentially change their career. These courses are a gateway into higher education for those wanting to study a degree who don’t have A Levels or a Level 3 qualification.

Places are also still available on Higher Education courses which are offered through The Open University.

These include Foundation Degrees and Degrees in subjects such as media, hospitality & catering, audio visual technology, sport and fitness and health & care.

Former Middlesbrough College students have gone on to achieve amazing careers in an array of different fields.

Ben Emery studied Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment with Middlesbrough College in 2020 and achieved the highest grades possible.

He then progressed to University to study for a degree in Civil Engineering. Ben graduated this summer with a first-class honours classification and has started his new Trainee Project Manager role with Gateshead-based Meldrum Group.

Ben said: “I really enjoyed studying at Middlesbrough College. The course provided me with an excellent foundation and understanding of the industry which has helped me during my degree.

“The course was practical and hands-on, and the assignments provided me with everything I needed to progress to the next level.

“I was set up so well for University and because of that I didn’t have to do a foundation year for my degree.”

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