NA College (National Advanced College)

NA College (National Advanced College), is an independent training provider specialised in Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics sector. Out offer includes; apprenticeships (L2- L6), short courses funded by AEB and Bootcamps (green, digital, technical, business skills) as well as commercial ad-hoc training offers.

NAC are the only private training provider partner of the North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT), providing high technical skills and quality delivery.

Head quartered in Washington, near to key industry in Sunderland’s industrial advanced manufacturing park; where Envision, IAMP, NMUK and Vantec are based.

Our MBO via Shard Investment, installed a female-led board of directors, breaking the glass ceiling for independent training providers in the UK and becoming trailblazers for industry.

Our Vision

To be the provider of choice and of outstanding education and training in the North East, aligned with employers’ skills demand. 

Develop and deliver soft skills and key industry sector training to improve productivity, competitiveness, boost local economy growth and contribute to a more sustainable economy. 

Our Mission

Inspire students and shape new leaders by offering the core technical skills, the knowledge and behaviour required to support their career and professional development. 

Satisfy employers’ skills demand, create a sustainable pipeline of talented employees to boost the adoption of new technologies and digital tools to support North East business growth and transition to Net-zero economy. 

Collaborate to create a more inclusive society improving participation of under-represented groups (URGs) and removing barriers preventing access to better jobs.

Institute of Technology

We are proud to be part of an Institute of Technology. IoT’s are collaborations between Further Education colleges, universities and businesses.

The North East IoT concentrates on advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction and digital.

Optimising the NEIoT’s combined collaborative strengths to deliver best in class higher level technical skills training supporting industry growth across the North East region.


  • Build strong, sustained employer partnerships.
  • Design, develop and deliver technical training that reflects employer needs today and in the future.
  • Create a shared understanding, passion for higher level technical skills across the region (L3- L6).
  • Enable and facilitate improved employment opportunities via collaborative NEIoT technical training provisions, inspiring talent development.
  • Ensure compelling HTQ training experiences, supporting employers, inspiring learners, helping to grow the local economy, broaden accessibility, raise aspirations and improve inclusivity.
  • First manufacturing learning production line shaped to satisfy the emerging skills demand and support regional staff demand.


Real life.

First learning production line in an education environment, is a micro eco-system, built adopting Industry 4.0 technology to replicate real world set-ups.

Real Knowledge.

Training delivery shaped by industry-trained educators,  adopting a blended delivery model with enrichment activity to engage learners and maximise their success.

Real education.

Training standards created with employers’ contribution and certified by awarding bodies to inspire student, supporting their progression.

Smart Factory Learning Production line

We have recently launched the first Smart Factory Learning Production Line, to provide the right environment and support vocational training.

Our latest Ofsted inspection, it was identified that learners benefit from a realistic and well-resourced learning environment. It recognised how we collaborate closely with employers to design and implement programmes that enable apprentices to develop the critical, practical, and technical skills needed on and off the job.

Our Smart Factory allows learners to obtain skills in a controlled replica of a production line. Each stage of the line has multiple scenarios and tailoring to allow for independent and group thinking. It boasts a manufacturing machine with vision sensors, smart logistics and storage via the MIR and EFFIMATs as well as smart assembly cobots in the picking and packing area.

We offer bespoke delivery models to meet the needs and expectations of learners and employers. Our main method of delivery will be face to face led by a highly qualified and experienced tutors that enable learners to produce evidence and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and behaviours to meet the qualification requirements.

Our Value Statement

V – Value & Trust

A –  Accountability, Responsibility, Transparency

L – Learn & Inspire

U – Understanding & Awareness

E – Equality & Respect


MBO Approach

Unique women led executive team in a mission to contribute to fill in the skills gap in the Northeast region, support the transition to a Net-zero economy providing quality training

Maximise the potential of every student – Offer a career progression to each single student and support their progress in the workplace

Fully satisfy employer demand – Ensure training creates added value for our customers and it’s benefit to support business sustainability plan

To be agile & flexible – Prompt react to employers’ requirements

Collaborative and systematic approach – Standardize approach, implement control procedure

Who is involved in the IoT?

We are strongly anchored in our region, working closely with local & national employers, business organisations, schools and community groups. But we are also outward-looking and operate as a highly collaborative, national network to share ideas and expertise.

Where will this take me in my career path?


You will have access to some of the best employers in the region and will complete courses created and accredited by the DfE and the employers themselves meaning you know you are on a meaningful pathway.

As part of the IoT you will have a solid understanding of your individual learning pathway and the directions you can take.

Combined with your learning of emerging skills, you will be ready to jump into employment in an industry of the future.

Why will I benefit from being part of an IoT?


You will be part of the education revolution! The IoT is all about emerging skills of the future.  The emerging skills lead to a higher qualified population, higher paid jobs and solid economy of the future such as; Electrification & Sustainability. You will be absorbed in the Smart Education method, incorporating technology and new teaching methods into your daily routine, taking your learning above & beyond the classroom. We support each learner with Smart Employability skills to each learner, helping set you up ready for interview and work.


You can be confident that people studying at an IoT are gaining the skills needed now and in the future. Through our partnerships, we are embracing new technologies, pedagogies and research, which we share across the Institute of Technology Network. Each learner is supported with additional functional skills (Maths, English) as well as employability skills, such as interview techniques.

Our Provision

Programmes are developed with employers, narrowing the skills gaps identified providing leaners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to join and/or upskill in Advanced Manufacturing.

Blended delivery and a bespoke learning platform, designed to give our learners an

Innovative and engaging learning. A learning production line provides a worldly skills in t

he safety of the college. Sustainability is embedded in all programmes. We support the r

egion in driving the clean energy revolution and directly facilitate LSIP.

We support unemployed, URGs and those with disabilities into employment.

We ensure we use experienced staff from industry offer outstanding knowledge.

Our key subjects for apprenticeships and AEB short courses;

  • Business Improvement
  • Engineering
  • Electrification
  • Sustainability
  • Manufacturing
  • Digital & Technologies

NA College is evolving to become a trailblazer in the IoT! Supporting productivity

As an employer-focused institution, we are at the forefront of technical education and training. We are also committed to identifying future and existing skills needs, ensuring that new and existing staff can solve problems and effect change.

Increasing opportunity

We deliver a range of courses (including T-Levels) and specialise in apprenticeships. We are dedicated to widening opportunities in higher education by offering flexible and affordable qualifications to adults of all ages. We are also committed to addressing the lack of diversity in some parts of the STEM workforce.

Serving communities

We are strongly anchored in our region, working closely with local employers, business organisations, schools and community groups, However we are also outward-looking and operate as a highly collaborative national network to share ideas and expertise.