Newcastle College School of Computing joins National Skills Academy’s world class ranks

Posted On 11th September 2012 By Chris Knox

Newcastle College’s School of Computing has announced that it has been approved as a member of the National Skills Academy for IT’s prestigious Training Partner Network.

The IT Training Partner Network encourages the UK’s best providers to work together to offer students and employees access to cost-effective training and to encourage the uptake of skills development.

By joining the network, the school will benefit from the support of a number of high profile members, including IBM, Microsoft and BT, who will be able to contribute to course content, as well as provide mentoring and work place learning opportunities.

The school offers a range of programmes and bespoke training opportunities designed to prepare students for the ever modernising IT industry and works closely with industry, sector skills councils, employers and professional bodies to develop programmes in areas including software applications, networking, games design and computing forensics.

Geoff O'Neil, Director of the School of Computing at Newcastle College, said: “For the School of Computing, becoming a partner within the National Skills Academy for IT will support us in our drive to become the preferred training provider in the region for technical IT skills.

“Joining the partnership with world-class organisations such as IBM, Microsoft and BT to provide skilled IT staff to meet industry needs, and therefore help drive the economy successfully towards a Digital Britain, can only benefit our students, our industry, and our region.”

Courses on offer at Newcastle College School of Computing include BTEC programmes, which give learners a solid base in IT fundamentals and Foundation Degrees, which cover industry accredited CISCO modules.

In addition, the school’s BSc in Applied Computing programme gives learners the opportunity to top-up to level 6 from a range of IT discipline backgrounds.