Tyne Metropolitan College has been playing host to students from all over the world. The students are studying Marine Technology at Newcastle University and made the relatively short journey along the Coast Road for a series of special courses run by TyneMet's Engineering department.

The students who come from all over Europe, Africa and the far east came to TyneMet for a series of special 'hands-on' engineering sessions. They had lessons in machining, fabrication and welding. At the end of each three-day session, they were presented with a certificate from the Head of Engineering, Mick Burton.

Mick said: "It was wonderful to meet young people from so many countries, find out about their culture, their course at the university and offer them real 'hands-on' training."

Among the students were John Chuku and Benneth Frank from Nigeria. John said: "I have gained a lot from the practical exercises. I can see how theory can be turned into practise. We've read about these skills but it was great to get to grips with the equipment."

Benneth said: "The machining in particular was very enjoyable. It was great to handle the machinery and see exactly what it can do."