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Companies, including OGN, back Studio West
NORTH-EAST businesses and employer groups have backed a new school.
Bosses at Studio West, in Tyneside, say the school, which will cater for 13 to 19-year-olds, will guarantee every student a place at university, a job, or an apprenticeship when they leave.
Companies including Watson Burton LLP, in Newcastle, Benfield motor group, games company Eutechnyx and oil and gas firm, OGN, as well as Durham University, Gateshead College and the CBI and Entrepreneurs' Forum are all supporting the school.
Val Wigham, Studio West principal designate, said: “The early and strong support of powerful business leaders has convinced the Government to back the new Studio school.
“These business are showing faith in the concept we are pioneering, some are also backing us by offering paid job training place to our older students.”
Craig Melville, OGN deputy chief executive, said: “We want to actively help educators provide a school that will ensure students are ready for employment once they leave.
“We strongly support the ideas and philosophy behind this new school and would encourage parents to find out more and actively consider the options it presents to local young people.”
Earlier this year, OGN, based in Wallsend, North Tyneside, finished work on the UK's first custom-made North Sea oil platform for 25 years, which will produce about 25,000 barrels of oil every day.
It towed the deck on the £400m platform down the River Tyne to the North Sea Forties Field, off the Aberdeen coast, for US oil and gas company Apache Corporation.
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