Students at Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet) have immersed themselves in a week of varied taster training as they look for new opportunities to build themselves the best possible future.

Learners within our sport, public services, childcare, and health and social care curriculum areas were involved in five days of exciting activities as part of FutureMe Week.

FutureMe is a year-round programme of activities, operated by the North East Collaborative Outreach Programme, a consortium of all universities and colleges in the North East.

It works to support young people to think about their futures and how higher education can help them reach their goals, delivering activities which aim to encourage university participation in those who might not otherwise apply.

During the week, which ran from April 23 to April 27, students attended around two dozen events, from a nursing taster day at Sunderland University to visiting Newcastle’s Centre for Life to participate in a DNA masterclass.

They also attended the North East UCAS Exhibition and a Makaton workshop, visited House of Objects, a creative arts and recycling centre for children, and went to Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle, where child care learners participated in a story telling masterclass.

Other visits were to Newcastle-based Food Nation, where they participated in ‘meals for university’ cookery lessons, and to Beamish Museum, in County Durham, where they enjoyed a ‘making Beamish dementia friendly’ workshop.

There was also a masterclass on student finance and budgeting, first aid training, a trip to a magistrates’ court, and an insight and impact visit to Teesside University, in which they gained an overview of the role of education and research in sport and exercise, and how it is applies in practise.

A campus tour and rowing tank workshop was held at Durham University, a psychology and nutrition lecture was delivered by Sheffield Hallam University and an ice hockey taster session by Northumbria University was also on the agenda.

Katy Keightley, Higher Education Progression Coach in TyneMet’s Department of Wellbeing and Education, said: “The students were able to come off timetable to engage in varied activities, experiences and events which will support their progression.

It is very important to their academic experience at the college that they are able to see and sample a broad range of opportunities that are available to them.

“The FutureMe Week was a great way for them to step outside the classroom and try their hand at a whole host of different activities, which may open new and exciting doors for them.

“The week of events added greatly to the overall learning experience they benefit from at TyneMet.”

As part of the activities, the learners also had inspirational talks delivered by the college’s current learners, who act as FutureMe student ambassadors and are progressing into Higher Education.