Students from Preparation for Life and Work were the perfect captive audience for Actor and Set Designer Steve Arnott, who visited TyneMet College.

Returning to his hometown, Steve, who is originally from Whitley Bay, spoke to students and shared his experiences about working in theatres all over the UK, regarding both set design and acting.

Steve shared how he has worked with people from Susan Boyle in I Dreamed a Dream to The Chuckle Brothers in The Chuckles of Oz. He also shared the story about how he won the Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Artistry Award at the Technical Theatre Awards in London.

Steve said: "Although my teaching days are long gone, I am inspired by groups such as TyneMet's Expressive Learning, to still pass on my skills and experience."

He brought in miniature set designs that he had made, as an example of the intricacy of the work he does for theatres all around the UK. The students got to interact with the miniature set designs and ask any questions they had. 

The Foundation Learning department at TyneMet regularly invite guest speakers in to share their experiences with the students, with the aim of inspiring them to gain new skills, experiences and confidence.

TyneMet College received Austism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society in 2013 which recognises that the Foundation Learning Department understands autism and the best ways to support any individual to achieve their full potential.

For more information about the range of Foundation Learning courses that are on offer at TyneMet, please visit: http://www.tynemet.ac.uk/department/foundation