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Training in Newcastle

Datrix Training offers a range of professional training courses in Newcastle, including globally accredited certifications which are perfect for anybody looking to enhance their career and get ahead in their industry or enter a new one. Some of our most popular courses include project management certifications like PRINCE2® and PMP® along with the IT Service Management qualification, ITIL® training. All our courses are in modern, comfortable venues in easy to reach locations close to major transport links in Newcastle.

If you can’t make it to one of our training locations in Newcastle, we can come to you via onsite training. Onsite training can take place in your workplace and allows us to get a feel for your company, creating a custom training course on your needs and environment if necessary. Without having to worry about travel, you’ll be free to sit back and take as much from the training as possible.

If you cannot physically attend our training sessions, not to worry. Our online training uses a trusted e-learning program to provide interactive courses that you can attend from anywhere. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. Many courses even have online exams, so you can have the complete training experience from wherever you are.

Newcastle is a city in North East England located along the bank of the River Tyne. Situated in the county of Tyne and Wear, Newcastle is the largest city in the North East and one of England’s core cities. Formerly famous for coal mining and ship building, Newcastle has since grown into a modern and vibrant city known for its culture and night life.

Newcastle’s history begins as a Roman settlement called Pons Aelius, which was situated along Hadrian’s Wall, close to the River Tyne and present day Newcastle. After the Romans left Britain, the site was renamed Ad Murum (The Wall) and became a royal residence. Following this, Newcastle became known as Monkchester and became part of Northumbria, an Anglo-Saxon kingdom covering northern England and south-east Scotland. The city derives its name from the castle built there in 1080, first made out of wood and later replaced with a stone keep in around 1177. Walls were also built to enclose part of the town, turning Newcastle into a defensive fortress which attracted growth. By the Middle Ages the town was a centre of cloth making and wool manufacturing. Eventually, walls were built enclosing the entire town in the 13th century. In the 16th century, coal became Newcastle’s biggest export, which helped it to further develop. During the Industrial Revolution, Newcastle was also known for other industries such as glass making and locomotive and ship building. Another industry which flourished at this time was the printing industry.

Newcastle became a powerhouse of manufacturing, but during the 20th century between WWI and WWII the industry collapsed and unemployment grew. Modern day Newcastle is no longer focused on heavy industry and other industries have risen in its place, such as retail, service and finance.

There are two universities in Newcastle – Newcastle University and the newer Northumbria University. Newcastle University is a red brick and Russell Group university which has a history going back to 1834, when it was the School of Medicine and Surgery. Expanding into other areas of science, the university was later linked to the University of Durham before the two universities split into the University of Newcastle and the University of Durham in 1963. Northumbria University is a former polytechnic which gained university status in 1992. Northumbria University began as three separate colleges: Rutherford College of Technology, The College of Art & Industrial Design and the Municipal College of Commerce. These three merged institutions merged as Newcastle Polytechnic in 1969. In 1992 under the Further and Higher Education Act polytechnics became full universities and Newcastle Polytechnic became the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, which was shortened to Northumbria University in 2002.

One of Newcastle’s most famous areas is the classical stone-built Grainger Town. Built in the 19th century by Richard Grainger and his colleagues, this historical area is home to streets such as Grey Street, which was voted the best street in Britain by radio listeners in 2010, Grainger Market, Theatre Royal and Grainger Street. The quayside is another popular area, which includes the iconic tilting Gateshead millennium bridge built in 2001. Previously an industrial area featuring commercial docks, the area has been redeveloped to be a modern centre of arts and culture with a wide range of bars, restaurants and clubs. Newcastle also includes its own Chinatown, one of only five in Britain.

Newcastle is home to Newcastle United football club.  A Premier League team which has the ninth highest amount of trophies won by any English club, they are based at the 52,405 capacity St James’ Park. The city also has its own rugby team, Newcastle Falcons, who entered the Aviva Premiership in 2013. Other Newcastle rugby teams include Medicals RFC and Newcastle Thunder. The city also includes a women’s football team, Newcastle United Women’s Football Club, a horse racing course in Gosforth Park and a basketball team called the Newcastle Eagles. Newcastle is also famous for being the start of the Great North Run, which is the largest half marathon in the world.

A number of notable people have been born in or lived in Newcastle. The 18th century English composer Charles Avison was born there in 1709, and Victorian industrialist Lord Armstrong was born in 1810. Father of the steam locomotive George Stephenson is also associated with Newcastle, having been born close to the city and lived there through various periods in his life. More recent people who were born/lived in Newcastle include Eric Burson, vocalist of The Animals, Hank Marvin, lead guitarist of The Shadows, musicians Sting and Mark Knopfler, and singer and television personality Cheryl Cole. Comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson also studied at Newcastle University.


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