About Newcastle College

Newcastle College is a further and higher education college, offering hundreds of vocational courses, degrees and apprenticeships to learners across the North East. Its vision develop the skills and talents of its students to succeed in modern enterprise and make a positive contribution to the prosperity of the region. Students at Newcastle College are supported by an award-winning student support team to help them make the most of their time on campus, learn the skills that employers really need and benefit from first-class facilities, tutors with real experience and opportunities to learn directly from industry experts.


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Partnerships with employers

Supporting the region

Newcastle College works with businesses across the region to deliver world-class training, open-up employment opportunities and help employers to access the next generation of skilled talent. 

Its Business Development team helps employers to access training, funding and recruitment support.

The College specialises in vocational training and by working closely with industry it can offer its students work experience opportunities and industry insight through masterclasses and guest lectures, while employer partners can access a pipeline of skilled and work-ready students and graduates.

WD Close

WD Close is a respected family-owned fabrication business based in the North East, who provide Newcastle College apprentices with real working experience. 

WD Operations Manager Craig Playford said "The main benefit of the apprenticeships is to support and strengthen the core staff we currently have working at WD Close. Our hope is that by working together, our employees can pass on all their knowledge and experience to this new generation of fabrication workers, who can help make our business (and the industry as a whole) be more dynamic."

Growing North East Skills

Partnership with WD Close

WD Close and Newcastle College have been working together since 2021 to produce skilled workers for the welding and fabrication sector.

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Newcastle College's Principalship Team

Scott Bullock Newcastle College NCG

Scott Bullock

Principal Newcastle College

Scott joined Newcastle College in August 2016 as Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality and has progressed during his time at NCG into roles as Deputy Principal and then into his current position as Principal of Newcastle College.

Jon Ridley Newcastle College NCG

Jon Ridley

Deputy Principal (HE), NCG

Jon joined Newcastle College's Principalship team in August 2016 and in 2021 he became Deputy Principal and a member of NCG Executive leading on higher education. Passionate about the power of education to transform lives, Jon leads on NCG’s Higher Education Strategy to 2030.

Lisa Hamilton Murray Newcastle College NCG

Lisa Hamilton-Murray

Deputy Principal Newcastle College

Catherine Orridge Newcastle College NCG

Catherine Orridge

Assistant Principal Newcastle College

Lisa Hoseason Newcastle College NCG

Lisa Hoseason

Assistant Principal Newcastle College