Pat Blyth

Quality Assurer

Pat began her career as a developer and then progressed into education.  She worked with Microsoft for several years, speaking at conferences in Europe and United States and was also part of its Europe Middle East and Africa Training Advisory Council.

Pat has worked within the public and private education sector for over 30 years. Until June 2018 she was Head of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at Tyne Metropolitan College. Following this, she spent two years working at Sage Gateshead where she was responsible for Creative Apprentices at Cultural venues from Berwick to Teesside.

For the last four years, Pat has been a governor at a high school in North Tyneside, where she focuses on Employer Engagement and progress into sustainable employment for pupils.

She is a member of the North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and an Enterprise Advisor – working alongside the Career Advisor at a Middle School in North Tyneside.

At rove, Pat’s role involves assessing the quality of rove’s training services.

Things you might not know about Pat:

 1: Pat absolutely throws herself into National Apprenticeship Week and two of her highlights include:

  • All the North East Cultural Apprentices walking across the roof at Sage Gateshead
  • Achieving a Guinness World Record with a team of Sports Apprentic3s – this involved passing a tennis ball sequentially around 10 people in the shortest amount of time.

2: Twice a week, Pat drives a van for Fareshare North East.

3: In the early 2000s, Pat owned and managed a cafe/bar in Jesmond where all the employees were Newcastle University students  She still keeps in touch with many of them who live as far afield as Hong Kong.