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Brass Tacks: One of the World’s First Technology Colleges

Brass Tacks was Project North East’s first large-scale project. With support from jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss, they opened one of the world’s first technology colleges, giving unemployed school-leavers training in computers and electronics to encourage their professional development.

The initiative – which supported 96% of its trainees to find work or continue into higher education – was used as a blueprint for many similar centres throughout the UK and Europe.

Fourteen years after it opened, in 1995, Brass Tacks merged with South Tyneside College and its legacy lives on today.

 

25 Low Friar St: PNE Group’s First Enterprise Space

25 Low Friar Street, in Newcastle City Centre, was the first enterprise space opened by Project North East. The site provided a shop front space for start-ups to promote and sell their products, as well as offering on-site business support and events encouraging collaboration and learning.

 

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