Colleges in Newcastle and Middlesbrough will be some of the first in the country to start offering courses to 14-year-olds.
Under new Government plans, further education colleges will be able to enrol 14 to 16-year-olds on vocational courses.
Newcastle College and Middlesbrough College will be the first in our region to start taking on younger students from this September.
The Ex-25 exhibition includes work from 25 of the best photography graduates from Newcastle College.
Photographers who now work around the world snapping models, celebrities and international news events have their work on display at a new exhibition celebrating Newcastle College graduates.
The Ex-25 exhibition features 25 alumni from the college's photography course. It is open at the Mandela Building at the Rye Hill Campus.
Newcastle College is planning to celebrate the work of some of its former students at a photography exhibition that is being held at the college this month.
'Ex-25' will display images from a host of now professional photographers including award-winning Avatar animator Paul Kavanagh.
The college is hosting a free preview night this evening.
Newcastle College is starting the year with a world-class exhibition of work done by ex-students who have achieved enormous success since completing their studies.
The 'Ex-25' exhibition will show off the work of professional photographers who have made a name for themselves over the past 25 years.
The exhibition is free to the public and will run for three weeks in January, with a preview set for 6 pm on January 10th.
Thirty-five ex-college students have been invited to exhibit their work - including North East born Paul Kavanagh, who has won awards for his work as an Avatar animator.
Paul Kavanagh, who left Newcastle College in 1990, now works in Los Angeles for a visual effects company, where he has been responsible for the animation in blockbusters such as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.