Schools Team

We offer a wide variety of events at our college and in your schools to allow your students to gain a better understanding of their chosen course, events such as;

  • Mock Interview Days
  • Lunch Time Drop-Ins
  • School Assemblies
  • Careers Events
  • Parents Evenings
  • Explorer days
  • College Tours and Taster Sessions
  • Careers in days


The Education Training Collective Schools Team is dedicated to providing professional advice to students looking to take their next step into further education.

Whether they would like to study at our Stockton Riverside College site, our Bede Sixth Form site or at our NETA Engineering site, the Schools Team can help your students get there.

Meet the Schools Team

Conor McKerlie - Group Student Recruitment Co-ordinator

Conor McKerlie looks after the student recruitment team and is responsible for making sure that all of our schools have a named contact. He looks forward to being able to make a difference. He remembers what it was like to be a school leaver and feel the uncertainly of which direction to take.

Originally from Leeds, he moved to the area and landed a job as a business administration apprentice at the College. Many years later he remains a valued member of the team and now it’s his job to help students make the right choices for them.

“Seeing the students and knowing that you are helping them to make a decision, that’s the best bit,” he said. “It is an achievement to see students’ progress, to hear their success stories and to know that you have played a small part in that.”

Sarah Kellaway - Student Recruitment Officer

As a student recruitment officer Sarah meets hundreds of school leavers every year preparing to take their next steps. With over 13 years’ experience in the field, she understands that every single student is an individual with their own ambitions and dreams.

Sarah’s advice would be: “Make sure you explore all of the avenues available to you. Don’t just follow your friends. Attend all the different open evenings and decide what is right for you.”

And the best part of the job? Sarah says: “At school I always struggled knowing what I wanted to do, so it feels apt that today I am helping others to work out what their hopes, dreams and aspirations are. I enjoy meeting students, helping them with their choices and seeing them go on to achieve at college and do amazing things in the world of work.”

Abi Shepherd - Student Recruitment Officer

Abi is the newest member of the team only recently graduating from Newcastle university after studying philosophy. Abi applied to join the schools team because she has a keen interest in education and believes that getting young people on the right path for them is extremely important.

Abi said “Although I am new to the college I feel at home and I am excited to help students choose their next step.” Abi’s advice would be: “Find a subject you enjoy and try make a careers out of it. There is nothing better than having a passion for the job you are doing, it helps to keep you motivated.”

Adam Howe - Student Recruitment Officer

Adam joined the schools team as he is passionate about ensuring students are on the right college course that will allow them to achieve their desired career goals. Adam previously worked in student recruitment at Teesside University and as a Youth Worker.

He said “Working in the Schools Team allows me to combine the skills I developed as a youth worker and in my role in higher education to really help school leavers choose the correct path. This role also allows me to utilise my business and marketing skills I developed through my university studies”

What's more

Explorer Days

Our annual Year 10 Explorer Days in particular are an ideal way for students to sample a number of courses that they would like to study. It’s the perfect opportunity to see our amazing facilities, speak to course tutors and meet other students who are passionate about the same subjects. Explorer days are offered at all of our sites and free lunch & transport is also available.

Careers Advisor Days

Here at Stockton Riverside College we like to ensure that our contacts within our schools have the most relevant and recent information regarding our courses and facilities. Our annual Career Advisors Days are the perfect opportunity for you to see the facilities and speak to our lecturers about key updates and developments within the college. If you would like more information regarding Career Advisors Days or any other school engagement services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at or call us on 01642 865 566.

Careers in days

We run careers in day with different departments within the college from Health, Childcare and Education to Construction. Industry professionals deliver all of our sessions and give students an insight into some of the careers and job opportunities within that sector. Careers in days are available at Stockton Riverside College, BEDE Sixth Form and NETA. Free transport is also available.

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