Who we are

We are one of the largest college groups in the country with campuses across the North East region from Berwick-upon-Tweed to the Tees Valley. It has a combined student community of over 21,500.

Education Partnership North East has significant employer partnerships, across the North East region and beyond, and delivers an apprenticeship contract work £4.1 million. 

We work with over 600 employers each year, from SMEs to global businesses, and across a wide range of industry sectors.  Our offer ranges from apprenticeships, to recruitment support, long and short placement opportunities, short programmes to upskill staff, and higher education and higher apprenticeships.

We work alongside employers to shape our curriculum offer, to ensure that we achieve our strategic goal to deliver a careers focused curriculum.  We have received many awards and accolades as a college that demonstrate the impact of our work.

Our sector specialisms align to the key needs of the labour market and are embedded both in our pioneering curriculum development and our investment in world-class facilities that equip our students with the relevant skills for industry.  Our courses are delivered by experienced and dedicated staff and we have some of the best training facilities in the North East for students and employers.

We specialise in the following industries:

Our awards and recognition

Highly Commended - Employer of the Year, Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards 2019

BTEC College of the year, Pearson 2019

Engagement with Employers - Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award 2017

Selected by DfE for 2021 T Level pilot to deliver the new high-quality technical qualifications

98% overall employer satisfaction - Employer Survey 2018/19

Sunderland College named as the best overall college in the North East, 2019 NICDEX league table published by FE Week.

Our offer

Shape our curriculum

Help us to deliver a career-focused curriculum to produce young people and adults with the skills, knowledge and qualities that employers require by contributing to the design of our high-quality programmes.

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A strategic approach

We have established strong collaborative partnerships with employers and the local community to combine our expertise for mutually benefit and to contribute positively to the city and region.