Bridge the skills gap with construction


From project managing a multi-million pound commercial high rise, to contributing to the regeneration of a city centre; careers in construction can be far more varied than people often believe!

The Government’s ‘National Infrastructure Plan for Skills’ highlighted that the UK will need 150,000 more construction engineers and 250,000 more construction workers by 2020. This is to meet the demand of a pipeline of £411 billion planned public and private construction projects that include HS2 and the extension of Heathrow.

Far too few young people are currently entering the sector, a situation worsened by the fact that almost 400,000 current employees are expected to retire over the next decade. This means that the construction industry currently offers fantastic opportunities. With demand far outweighing supply, salaries are flourishing. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), workers in construction saw their wages increase by more than 6% in 2015 – a growth rate three times larger than the rest of the workforce.

Alongside traditional trades, Middlesbrough College offers courses leading into constructing specialisms such as quantity surveying, civil engineering and architecture. These roles offer good career prospects, attractive salaries, and the exciting potential to run a construction site from a commercial point of view within a few years. If you fancy pursuing a career in this hands-on industry with exciting prospects, head to our website to view the range of construction trades and specialisms we offer.

Bridge the skills gap with construction

Enterprise Week 2017 Roundup



Here at Middlesbrough College, we know many of our students dream of pursuing self-employment.

That’s why, each year, we hold Enterprise Week.

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Enterprise Week 2017 Roundup

Thinking about your next steps at College? Now is the time to be exploring your options!

Students, Spring is here and with only 15 weeks until the end of your current course now is the perfect time to be thinking about your next steps!

Whether you have your sights set on university, want to progress at Middlesbrough College or want to move straight into the world of work, ; we have a team of Careers Advisors and support staff on hand to help. It’s important to understand the options available to you depending on where you’re currently at. We want you to make every success of your time here at College and promise to guarantee you a place on a higher level programme if you successfully complete your current course with us! Check out our ladder of progression below to find out how we can help get your further.

progression ladder at Middlesbrough College

What to do next?

Explore the different options available to you at Middlesbrough College

If you’re thinking about changing course or moving onto the next level of your programme, make sure to check out our full-time guide to see the wide range of courses on offer to you.

If you’re thinking an apprenticeship could be perfect for you, its worth seeing what vacancies are coming up with Northern Skills Group, Middlesbrough College’s training and apprenticeship company. If you’d like to find our more information on the benefits of an apprenticeship, they’ve produced a handy guide that would be worth checking out.

If your sights are set on uni, and you want to explore the vast range of courses available to you across the country UCAS is a great starting point, but if you don’t like the idea of moving away, you could also consider a degree level course with Middlesbrough College! Offered in partnership with Teesside University, we have over 30 programmes on offer, all featured in our latest higher education prospectus.

Speak to your Personal Tutor

You’ll have a progression interview with your Tutor in the last half-term of College where you can run through your next steps. Don’t leave it until then though to get sorted! Get your plan of action in place well in advance.

Make an appointment with the Careers Team

If you are unsure about your next steps, or if you want advice on a different career route you may be thinking of taking; book in to see the Careers Team who will be able to offer you free, impartial advice and guidance. Drop by the Careers Centre on the street, or email

Come to our Progression Fayre

Taking place on Thursday 9th March between 10.30am-5.00pm, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk to curriculum staff, find out about the options available to you, and get expert careers advice.

Thinking about your next steps at College? Now is the time to be exploring your options!

Interested in an apprenticeship but still in school?

If you are interested in finding a job straight away once you’ve left school, an apprenticeship could be perfect for you. Combining practical skills in the workplace with theoretical study at College you’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst earning a salary at the same time!

Northern Skills Group, Middlesbrough College’s apprenticeship and training company, offers a range of apprenticeship programmes across the North ranging from hairdressing to engineering. They’re the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door of your chosen industry, and we work with some of the region’s top employers to give the best opportunities for your future. There are three levels of apprenticeships for young people with average GCSE grades through to those with A levels or an Advanced Diploma.

To start an apprenticeship you must be 16 or over and not in full time education.  Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete, but the length of an apprenticeship depends on its level, the industry in question and the skills the apprentice already has.

You can register your interest in pursuing an apprenticeship here but it’s important to remember that the application process is very different to how you’d apply to a course at college. In order to secure an apprenticeship, you need to find an employer willing to take you on. We’d recommend that you get into the habit of checking Northern Skills Group’s apprenticeship vacancies page for the latest jobs coming up in your area. Alternatively, if you know a local business that would be willing to employ you as an apprentice ask them to call 03453 40 40 40 and we’ll do the rest!

To keep your options open, we’d recommend that you also apply for a full time course at Middlesbrough College so that if you are unable to find an employer by September, you can gain a basic understanding of the industry you will be working in as part of your technical certificate. You can continue to search for an apprenticeship once you’ve started a course, and once an employer becomes available then fast-track onto your chosen apprenticeship programme midway through the full time course.  You can browse all of our full time courses here or check out our course guide for further information.




Middlesbrough College FdA Airport and Airline Management students go airside with Emirates!


An exciting afternoon all round for our FdA Airport and Airline Management degree (in partnership with Teesside University) students, who recently spent time behind the scenes at Newcastle Airport!

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Middlesbrough College FdA Airport and Airline Management students go airside with Emirates!

Sports Academy Match Round Up January 2017


A round up of the exciting activities and successes taking place over January with our sports academies!

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Sports Academy Match Round Up January 2017

Teesside techno boom is creating opportunities closer to home


Exciting news for tech lovers! A growing demand in new technology for businesses, coupled with a higher need for cyber security is paving the way for an estimated 1.2 million new digital and creative sector positions across the UK by 2022.

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Teesside techno boom is creating opportunities closer to home