Gateshead College is the only FE institution to be shortlisted for an award at the annual Construction Investing in Talent Awards this year.

The college has been shortlisted in the ‘apprenticeship scheme of the year’ category for its role in the PlanBEE Consortium – an alliance of architects, designers, contractors and engineering specialists.

It teamed up with the network to develop an apprenticeship in which students can work across several companies at once while completing their qualifications. The first cohort began in September 2016.

Also shortlisted in the category are Fife council, contractors FK Group, infrastructure support service Amey, project management and consultants Pettit Group and apprenticeship employer TrAC.

The awards are hosted by Construction News, and seek to find organisations helping people from a diverse range of backgrounds access the construction industry.

This year, there are a total of 13 categories, including ‘wellbeing initiative of the year’, ‘excellence in learning and development’, and ‘best use of technology’.

The college will find out if it has been successful at the grand final hosted in London on November 15.

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