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Hartlepool is home to a wealth of skills assets, institutions and programmes, with Hartlepool College of Further Education, Hartlepool Sixth Form College and the Northern School of Art each aligning curricula and provision with particular future economic needs.
Hartlepool College of Further Education
Hartlepool College of Further Education has built its reputation on the quality of its apprenticeships and focuses its courses on their practical application within business. The college prioritises training in areas such as health, energy, digital and construction. Advanced manufacturing and engineering are the most prominent, with over 25% of all engineering apprentices in the Northeast trained through Hartlepool College, including those focused on offshore energy engineering. It has received TVCA funding to develop facilities and expertise in the maintenance of electric vehicles. Most graduates of the college stay in the North East, offering their productive skills to the town’s businesses.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College
Hartlepool Sixth Form College have invested in a Digital Academy to help support the Tees Valley Combined Authority Skills Strategy and Strategic Economic Plan. It is one of only a few colleges in the country to offer Next Gen Level 3 qualifications, and works with some of the industry’s top employers, including Sony and Microsoft. The college links with Teesside University to further enhance progression pathways into higher education.
The Northern School of Art
The Northern School of Art is one of the UK’s best performing institutions for graduate employability in art and design. It is also a nationally recognised brand and institution and an important vehicle to widen Hartlepool’s economic footprint, with ambitions to grow and secure its own degree awarding powers as a HE institution. It also nurtures and supports spin-out businesses, with around 35% of graduates going on to start businesses or to self-employment.
In addition to the town’s own further and higher education facilities, Hartlepool is close to a number of universities. such as Teesside University, in Middlesbrough.
Teesside University offers a vast range of courses in a variety of sectors, such as Engineering, Healthcare, Business, and Law – to name but a few.
As well as Teesside University, business operating from Hartlepool can easily access students from:
- Durham University
- Newcastle University
- University of Northumbria
- Sunderland University