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Middlesbrough College has ambitious plans for the future With a £20m STEM centre of excellence planned, student numbers soaring, the purpose-built A Level Centre MC6 expanding and more Access courses on offer than anywhere else in the North East Middlesbrough College is booming Principal and Chief Executive Mike Hopkins believes that only by working hand in hand with a range of sectors will Middlesbrough College boost economic regeneration and deliver a prosperous future for its 10,000 students and the wider community.

Mike said: “The STEM Centre of Excellence will help combat an impending national skills shortage and we firmly believe that the only way forward for this region and for our students is to work even closer with employers to strengthen the skills training offered at Middlesbrough College.

That belief is at the core of the College’s Shaping Our Future strategy – which was first agreed in 2010. And it’s a strategy that is fast gathering pace. In recent weeks the College’s ambitious plans to build a £20m STEM Centre of Excellence (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) won the backing of industry leaders, including many of the 1,000 employers who have links to the College. A STEM Centre of Excellence at Middlesbrough College would give apprentices a head start in the jobs race and help meet the needs of employers across the country.

Factfile The £20m investment will result in: • Five new engineering workshops, external construction yard and HGV workshop • £3m expansion of MC6 – the College’s Sixth Form Centre • Creation of a £12m STEM Centre providing training in advanced manufacturing, process, engineering disciplines, digital, warehousing and logistics • A Think, Explore, Create area involving schools and industry

But it’s a strategy that’s paying off with student numbers increasing year on year – the College is the largest provider of post-16 study in the Tees Valley and success rates putting the College in the top 25% of General FE Colleges in the UK. Zoe Lewis, Deputy Principal, said: “This ambitious investment plan is the next phase in the College’s vision to create a regional campus serving employers and the community and will take the total investment made by the College at Middlehaven to over £100m since 2008. “There are lots of exciting things happening including the new Business Management and Professional Development Centre, which will expand our offering to businesses, help the unemployed back into the jobs market and allow us to develop new full time business courses.

“We are focussed on giving the best possible service to our students and employers from our Middlesbrough Campus - at the end of the day ‘it’s all about jobs’ and giving people and employers on Teesside and beyond the best possible opportunities for prosperity.”


Top A Level Results A Level students achieved 100% pass rate and a 99% pass rate for GCSE subjects, with 100% pass rates for both English and Maths in 2012. But it is not just about the pass rate, the students have also achieved the best grades they could according to a national recognised measure, which puts the College in the top 10% of all general Further Education Colleges. See page 2

It’s the wider community in Teesside and the Tees Valley which is the driving force behind Mike’s leadership at Middlesbrough College. Mike said: “Our student numbers are increasing yearon-year and we are always looking for ways to accommodate that growing student population while meeting the needs of employers.

“Our plans, while appearing ambitious are necessary, and we are firmly committed to seeing them through.

Watch a video detailing the investment plans on the College website

“This expansion and our ambitions for the future have already seen us advertise for 100 new members of staff.”

Video stars Take a tour of Middlesbrough College courtesy of a new interactive web video. You will find the video on the College’s website

SPORT MC Sport offers some of the best sports facilities in the Tees Valley with academies already set up for volleyball, football, gymnastics and basketball. Netball, cricket and rugby academies are launching in September 2013. For more information contact Dave Goodchild, Academy Director, on 01642 333749 or

• A Virtual Learning Centre • Discovery Park and Events Arena The Shaping Our Future strategy also demanded the College increase its student numbers – not easy when the number of 16 year olds was set to decline between 2010 and 2018.


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Outstanding Sixth Form Centre expands Middlesbrough College’s iconic MC6 Sixth Form Centre and Sports Academy is a huge hit with students Already it has attracted hundreds of new AS and A Level students to Middlesbrough College and hundreds from across the Tees Valley are already applying. MC6 was built to stimulate study and prepare students to progress to university and it’s working. In 2012 there was a 100% pass rate for A Levels and students achieved the best grades they could according to a nationally-recognised measure. The numbers applying to MC6 have grown to such an extent that Middlesbrough College is now planning a major expansion which is scheduled to open in 2014 to make sure all those who want to attend are able to. And it’s not surprising the numbers are increasing as Middlesbrough College has been recognised as one of the best performing Colleges in Teesside.

• A Levels • Access to Higher Education • GCSEs, ESOL and Functional Skills

• 100% Pass Rate • ALPS Value Added – outstanding (Top 10%) • Level 3 Value Added – highest in the North East • Minimum Performance Levels (MPL) – Highest percentage above MPL in the North East

If you want more information on the A Level provision at MC6 contact David Riddle, Director of A Levels on 01642 333361 or email

One Stop Job Shop Finding a job in today’s challenging economic climate isn’t an easy task.

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Middlesbrough College excels in four different national indicators:

This is why Middlesbrough College’s dedicated facility - MC Job Shop – not only advertises vacancies for students, but provides help and support to jobseekers and has had enormous success matching applicants with suitable positions. The highly-trained team attracts and organises recruitment events for the wider community as well as helping students improve their job-seeking skills including completing applications and sharpening their interview skills. And it’s not only jobs that MC Job Shop can help with.

The team also helps those looking for volunteering opportunities in the local community and ensures all full-time students at Middlesbrough College get meaningful work experience alongside their study with local employers or through the new MC Ventures Schemes, which includes: • MC BUILD • MC Media Mill • MC Sport • MC TEC • Gymworld • Tees Style 2 • MC Travel • Waterside Brasserie The team at MC Job Shop also support those thinking of enrolling on a particular course but who are unsure whether it will help them achieve their career goals.

That support comes in the shape of Career Coach – a superb online facility that’s been accessed thousands of times since it went live on the Middlesbrough College website. Career Coach delivers local information on wages, career employment trends, vacancies and links these to education and training requirements. It’s an incredibly useful tool and anyone with access to the internet can log on for FREE. More information about MC Job Shop can be found at and those wanting to try out Career Coach will find a link via a logo on the website at

• Business Management and Professional Development • Creative Arts, Games Design and Media • Catering and Hospitality • Childcare and Early Years • Construction • Employers and Apprenticeships • Engineering • Foundation Learning • Fashion Retail / Retail • Hairdressing, Beauty and Complementary Therapies • Health and Social Care • Higher Education • IT, Computing and Digital Technology • Motor Vehicle • Performing Arts and Music • Community Learning • Public Services • Sport and Recreation • Travel and Tourism

Aim higher for a bright future Thinking of enrolling for a Higher Education course or an Access to Higher Education Course, then look no further. Middlesbrough College currently has the largest selection of Access to Higher Education Courses in the North East which offer a fastrack route to University if you’re over 19. Middlesbrough College also provides a huge range of Higher Education (HE) courses in collaboration with Teesside University, including Outdoor Leadership, Working with Children and Young People, Computing, Health & Social Care, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Art and Design, Instrumentation & Control, Mechanical Engineering, Certificate of Education, and Music Technology. Staff are highly skilled personal tutors who will support you on your journey and if you don’t feel ready for a Higher Education Course or an Access to Higher Education Course then there is a Foundation Access course or a Functional Skills course to guide you on your way.

Study Now - Pay Later • Have you heard about the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan? If you are aged 24 or over and want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, a Level 3 or Level 4 Certificate or Diploma, or an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship you may be eligible. See Middlesbrough College website for details

Whatever course students are interested in they can look forward to working with high quality, motivated, trained and caring staff. And if prospective students need any further proof they should look no further than the ‘Which’ Magazine National Student Survey which quizzed 289,000 undergraduates across the country with Middlesbrough College coming fourth in the country for student satisfaction. The College has something for everyone and can tailor the course around the student’s individual circumstances - their family, their employment, or any other commitments they may have.

If you don’t have the required entry requirements, don’t worry, give us a call, there is a course that is able to meet your needs to get you work ready.

For more details contact 01642 333700 for Course Information or for Access to Higher Education Course Information contact 01642 333373.

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Raising aspiration and nurturing ambition

First class support for students Spend any amount of time at Middlesbrough College and you’ll soon discover that fun, friendship and being in it together, is at the heart of College life. There’s a real culture of equality and diversity mixed together with an award-winning support network, sensational student savings on food and travel, all tied together with a calendar of fun events and activities. Newly-elected Student Sabbatical Officer Sherry Iqbal (pictured) has pledged to continue the great work already carried out including promoting the Student Voice to ensure students’ views are heard

and organising even more student-led activities to improve the student experience. It’s an ethos supported by Principal and Chief Executive Mike Hopkins and his team, who are constantly looking for new and innovative fun ways to deliver new experiences to students to broaden their horizons and help them get ahead in the jobs market. The College’s reputation is spreading and many students now travel in from Whitby, Northallerton, Seaham and Darlington.

• Alex Spellman, (pictured) NIACE Adult Learners’ Week Winner 2013 Learning through Technology Individual Award - Supported by the BBC • Sam Garvie, The Welding Institute (TWI) and Engineering and Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Awards - The Best Practical Apprentice Welder in Teesside Award and Apprentice Welder of the Year in Teesside

Winning awards is second nature to students at Middlesbrough College.

• John Sharkey who received the Teesside Business Technology Award 2013 • Patricia Campbell, Regional 2013 Adult Learners Award (Equality North East) for NHS Learning to Improve Health Award • Lucas Chuchrowski, National Student Ambassador of the Year Award 2012 • MC Basketball Team won the League Championship

We are gold

• Mark Donnelly, Salters’ Institute Annual Ceremony - High Achievement Award in C & G Plant and Process Technology Level 3 (3rd Highest grade in the country) • Harry Perrin, NECTA Salon Culinaire Hot Dessert - Silver Medal • Laura Youngs NECTA Salon Culinaire Mille Fieulle - Bronze Medal • Sam Harvey NECTA Salon Culinaire Gold Medal for Best Dressed Chef • Elliot Baker NECTA Salon Culinaire Commendation for Sugarwork • Pants to Poverty UK winners: Chris Storey, Matthew Griffiths, Michaela Farrar, Matthew Pegden and Megan Kirk.

Other awards include The North East Equality Award for Learning Providers and a Food 4 Health Gold Award.

Not only has the College received four gold awards recently but the silverware keeps rolling in.

The IIP Assessor measured the College against a huge raft of criteria and said he’d never seen better results.

• Ian Lynas, Salters’ Institute Annual Ceremony High Achievement Award in C & G Plant and Process Technology Level 3 (2nd Highest grade in the country)

The College was also the first to win a BIG Award from the Bullying Intervention Group for its anti-bullying strategies and tactics and has been sharing its knowledge and experience with other Colleges and Schools up and down the country.

Middlesbrough College’s trophy cabinet is straining under the weight.

The latest accolade to take up position in the cabinet was an Investors In People Gold Award – the highest standard achievable - placing Middlesbrough College among an elite group of businesses.

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Take a look at the courses on offer at or give us a call on 01642 333700. Among the recent award winners are:

The accolades keep on coming

*The students’ benefits include: • 20% off food and drinks in the College cafes • Free bus travel to and from College • One-to-one support from a team of Student Engagement Officers • Student bursaries for low income families • Free College gym membership • Free childcare • Free NUS card

The College also won a North East Better Health At Work Gold Award in recognition of the excellent opportunities and support available to staff and an Equality North East Gold Award – given to mark Middlesbrough College’s commitment to Equality and Diversity.

Call me midwife Student Vanessa Ward is on course for a career in midwifery and it’s all thanks to Middlesbrough College. The 18-year-old has always longed to be a midwife, ever since her mum relayed the story of her traumatic delivery – Vanessa was born ‘blue’ and needed several minutes of medical help before she took her first breath. The dedicated and focused teenager has now been offered the chance to study for a Degree in Midwifery at Leeds University – a course which is renowned for being heavily oversubscribed.

Mike Hopkins, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “We continually reflect and review what the College offers, challenging ourselves to work in new ways, testing our own capability or capacity. “The clutch of gold awards is validation of the commitment to quality that exists within the College, we have an inspirational team who in turn provide wonderful opportunities for our students.” Vanessa – who is coming to the end of a Level Three Extended Diploma BTEC Health Care at Middlesbrough College - believes her success is due to placements, which were carried out at Zoe’s Place, regional care homes and the Teenage Cancer Trust all part of the Middlesbrough College course. Other students have been offered places on degree courses in child nursing, adult nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and radiography. Call 01642 333700 for more details about our Health and Social Care and Childcare courses. For September 2013, the College is launching its new mock NHS ward and Childcare suite.

Great employer links As a member of the Gazelle Group of 20 Colleges from across the UK, Middlesbrough College is focused on employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship for all its students. The College is strengthening its employer base and forging links with great companies such as PD Ports, SSI, Huntsman, Sembcorp, NPower and Caterpillar. Whether you are a student, employer or taxpayer; education and training at Middlesbrough College is an investment in all our futures.

High quality facilities The College provides the wider community with fantastic facilities, many of which are managed and operated by students using up-to-date techniques, including Waterside Brasserie, Café 66, Café Vibe, three hair salons, three beauty salons, MC Travel, MC Job Shop, a spa suite, a nail bar, a health and fitness suite, a 156 seat theatre, astroturf pitch, recording studios, dance and drama studios, a 98-seat demonstration theatre and a 86-seat lecture theatre.

Global trips During the last year students have travelled the world broadening their horizons and expanding their knowledge. Trips have included: a catering visit to France; Visual and Performing Arts students travelling to Paris and Skiathos; Engineering students visiting Prague; Travel and Tourism students visiting New York, Malaga and Disneyland Paris; Electrical installation students visiting France; and A Level students travelling to New York.

Top quality QAA – the national monitoring body for Further Education colleges whose job it is to uphold quality and standards in UK Universities and Colleges gave Middlesbrough College a top rating in each of the areas it assesses - learning opportunities, links with employers and high-quality awards.

TRAVEL The College boasts its own ABTA bonded Travel Shop. MC Travel acts as a resource for the College’s Travel and Tourism students and is used as an essential resource for the College’s Level 2 NVQ Travel Services students, providing them with the real working environment they require to complete their qualification. Middlesbrough College is the only college in the Tees Valley currently offering this qualification to full time students.

Contact us on 01642 333228.

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Building a brighter future BUILD brick by brick Those wanting a career in the construction industry should look no further than Middlesbrough College Hundreds of students are getting a head start in the jobs race thanks to the creation of a specially-created construction training building site. The project is believed to be the first of its kind in the North East and has already caught the attention of several external bodies, including national assessors. Middlesbrough College acquired the site last year and immediately began making plans for its use. Those plans are taking shape and will come to life when the new term starts in September. Just months ago the site was a derelict property behind MC6 and MC SPORT at Dock Street. Esh Group teamed up with Middlesbrough College to transform it into an innovative construction project, which will help hundreds of Middlesbrough College Construction students

gain the skills they need to compete in the jobs market. Over the course of an academic the year Middlesbrough College Construction students will build a detached bungalow and add sustainable energy systems such as solar panels etc. At the end of the academic year the bungalow will be deconstructed, the materials recycled and the whole process will start again with a new intake of students. Steve Ankers, Director of Construction at Middlesbrough College, said: “This planned facility will replicate a working construction site and will offer students the opportunity to gain valuable site experience in their trade area. “It’s all part of the ongoing efforts to ensure Middlesbrough College students are work ready. Construction students will not only gain the skills

they need but will gain experience of working on a fully functional site, something employers tell us they need.” Bob Brady, Chairman of Governors said: ”The site will offer students a real opportunity and it’s wonderful that our students are renovating void properties and this new construction site will be an asset to the town.”

In addition to traditional skills, Middlesbrough College Construction students will also be trained in renewable energies and sustainable building methods, including solar panels and high grade low carbon insulation materials.

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Building Projects The building site is just one of the ways Middlesbrough College is strengthening its expanding Construction Programme. Students are also renovating and restoring a number of projects across the Tees Valley, giving them valuable work experience ensuring they are ‘work ready’ and giving them a head start in the jobs market. They include: • Refurbishment of social house properties at Grangetown in partnership with Fabrick Housing Group • Revamping and redeveloping 70m of fencing at Corncroft Mews, Grangetown • Fitting out a Know Your Money facility at Rede House, Middlesbrough • Painting and decorating at Café Royale at Port Clarence Community Centre • Landscaping the grounds of Pybus Scout Hut at Stokesley • Helping bring about a transformation at Kildale Hall Church • Working with Redcar and Cleveland Council on a sympathetic restoration project at The Morgue in Guisborough


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