17 August 2018

One of the North East’s fastest growing and successful businesses has partnered with the new North East super school.

NBS has sponsored the auditorium at the North East Futures UTC, the new school for 14-19 year olds, which will open in the Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle, in September.

For the first academic year, the auditorium will become the NBS Auditorium where students will go for daily lectures in health sciences and digital technologies.

NBS has also pledged one of the highest numbers of mentors to the UTC, helping to meet their pledge to have one mentor for every student. Some 15 mentors from NBS will help to support a UTC student through their studies each year, helping them to better understand the construction technology sector, pass on skills and inspire and prepare them for the world of work.

NBS COO, Helen Whitfield, will be taking place on a newly formed recruitment and resources committee for the UTC that will focus on marketing and student recruitment.

Helen said: “As a business, NBS is fully supportive of, and indeed incredibly excited to be supporting the UTC. We are acutely aware that we need a skilled workforce in the future and this is one way we can ensure the next generation coming through are getting the best experience possible.

“The ambition of the UTC is to offer every pupil a mentor, and we are delighted to be able to help them achieve this. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and passion from my NBS colleagues who have stepped up to get involved. There is so much value to be gained by this two-way learning and supportive relationship, the mentors have as much to learn from the mentees and I look forward to this value coming back into our business.”

NBS, who provide technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, will become a core partner along with the likes of the NHS, Sage, Ubisoft, the University of Sunderland, Accenture and Fujitsu.


There is so much value to be gained by this two-way learning and supportive relationship

Helen Whitfield, COO at NBS


Principal of the UTC, Dan Sydes said: “Thanks to NBS we now have a named auditorium for the opening in September. We look forward to working with NBS and building a partnership to provide the very best for our students.

“Health science and digital technology are two buoyant sectors in the North East and there is a huge opportunity for this region to continue its rapid growth in these areas by developing more skilled people. North East Futures UTC is about just that, so it’s in the interests of businesses in these sectors to support us, and of course, that will be a mutually beneficial relationship for the UTC and its students.”

The new school - adjacent to Newcastle Central Station - will deliver education that is grounded in hands-on experience, with opportunities for students to work closely with industry and to undertake placements with the big-name employers such as NBS.

The school welcomes students who are about to enter their Year 10 and Year 12 studies, giving young teenagers the chance to embark on their GCSEs at a specialist school, as well as providing an alternative to college or sixth form.

To find out more about North East Futures UTC and its mentors, visit www.nefuturesutc.co.uk




ABOUT NBS: NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Our origins lie in the National Building Specification and for over 40 years we have developed and produced NBS products which support the built environment. Our NBS specification products cover construction, engineering services and landscape design.

More recently we have developed an integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform that has been designed to support global design and construction. It currently has four major components:

  • NBS Bim Toolkit. BIM execution plan, roles and responsibilities.
  • NBS Create. BIM specification and knowledge platform.
  • NBS National BIM Library. BIM object library, generic and actual.
  • Construction Information Service (CIS). Standards and regulations.

CIS is delivered via a joint venture with IHS Markit. This relationship has successfully prospered for many years.

Our products are recognised as being individually effective in their own right, but via the linking of the data, classification and integration, the true power comes through these connections across the NBS BIM platform. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.

To find out more about NBS, visit www.theNBS.com