Get your career in gear with one of our nationally recognised, technical qualifications in automotive or engineering.

We offer a range of practical, hands on courses ranging from introductory level one to intermediate level 2 up to advanced level 3 courses, which are equivalent to A Levels.

We work in partnership with some of the best employers in the region to give you the education, skills and hands on experience you need to stand out from the crowd.

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Ford Engineering Academy

We’ve teamed up with Ford Engineering, one of the most successful engineering businesses in our region, to set up the Ford Engineering Academy. Designed to help you to build the skills, knowledge and confidence employers are looking for, the academy will put you in the best possible position to go onto successfully secure an engineering apprenticeship or your first job in the industry.

Go here to find out more.

Stephen McCarron

Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance with Nissan

“Taking up the apprenticeship is the best career move I could have made. I’ve progressed far quicker than I would have doing a degree and an added bonus is I’m earning a wage while doing it.”

Fast track to an apprenticeship

We have fantastic connections with employers, meaning our students often get talent spotted to progress onto an apprenticeship. As a student, you can also sign up to our apprenticeship database, meaning you’ll be matched with a vacancy as soon as you’re work ready. Sign up here, or ask for more details at an Enrolment Event.


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Why choose Gateshead College?

Employment edge

At Gateshead College, we go above and beyond to ensure you leave us with an employment edge – a unique combination of high quality education and the real world skills employers look for.

Ofsted outstanding

We’re the only college in Tyne and Wear to be graded outstanding by Ofsted. This means you can be sure you’ll receive an excellent level of education and we’ll work hard to ensure you succeed. Read the full report here.

Proven track record

We train employees from some of the best known businesses across the North East, including Nissan, Nexus, Go North East and Vantec. So you can be sure our training is industry standard and will give you relevant skills and knowledge for today’s jobs market.

Work experience

As part of your study programme you will be given the opportunity to undertake a work placement to enable you to build job-ready skills and gain extensive knowledge of the automotive and engineering industry.

Amazing facilities

You’ll study at our dedicated Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing & Logistics, based at Team Valley, Gateshead. We’ve invested in some of the best facilities in the UK to ensure you an industry standard training experience.