We value professionalism, commitment, and excellence in our staff.

Bigger, Better, Stronger



We understand that business is constantly changing. Whether its employing new staff with new skills to support business growth; upskilling or reskilling to combat an ageing workforce or a skills gap or, to simply support and develop your employees – there is no doubt that investment in people and processes is critical for businesses to capitalise on all opportunities.


Our business engagement experts can work with you to analyse your business and workforce needs as well as current and future plans in order to develop a bespoke training solution to give you that competitive edge, future proof your workforce and adopt the best workplace practices. 

In the last two years we have been nationally awarded College of the Year, Overall FE Provider of the Year (TES Awards 2017) and Student Experience of the Year (Educate North). Our Chief Executive, Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE, has also been named Leader of the Year amongst Further Education and Higher Education peers as well as being one of just seven national leaders for education working with colleges across the UK. We know what it takes to be at the top, why not talk to us about how we can support you?


We offer Apprenticeships in lots of sectors and at various levels including:


An intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to a level 2 qualification and the training programme normally lasts between 12 and 18 months


An advanced Apprenticeship develops the learner’s skills at level 3. The training programme can last between 12 and 42 months depending on the industry sector being undertaken


Higher Level Apprenticeships develop skills at level 4 or 5 and in some cases contains a knowledge based qualification such as a HNC or Foundation Degree these may take up to 24 months to complete.


  • 82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their businesses.
  • 75% of apprentice employers say the programme has helped cut recruitment costs. 80% say that apprenticeships will play a bigger part in their future recruitment policy
  • 88% of apprentice employers believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, leading to greater loyalty and quality.
  • 81% of consumers favour companies that employ apprentices
  • 80% of employers feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.
  • 81% of apprentice employers say they make their businesses more productive. The average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week.


If you’re interested in employing an apprentice or want more information about our bespoke training programmes for your current staff, please contact our apprenticeship and business development team on:

Email: apprenticeships@tynecoast.ac.uk
Tel: 0191 427 3696


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Senior leadership team

Our key staff

Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE

Chief Executive
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE

Alison Maynard

Deputy Chief Executive
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Alison Maynard

Catherine Donnelly

Director of Human Resources
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Catherine Donnelly

Mo Dixon

Principal, Tyne Metropolitan College
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Mo Dixon

John Roach

Principal, South Shields Marine School
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: John Roach