TV presenter and architect George Clarke returned to his former college to help students with their course.
George was among a panel of professionals sharing their industry expertise with students studying construction at Sunderland College.
As part of their course, students on Btec Level 4 construction and the built environment were set a project to come up with ideas for a brownfield site which would boost a town’s economy and provide jobs.
They then presented their ideas to the panel, which offered feedback and advice on their work.
Originally from Blackfell, Washington, George studied the same Btec Level 4 course at Sunderland College before focusing on architecture at university.
He is now a well-known television personality, presenting numerous property shows and is currently on screens with The Great British Property Scandal.
George said: “Studying at Sunderland College was an important step on my way to becoming an architect and getting to where I am today. So, for me, it’s incredibly important that I keep in touch with the college and work with the students.
“I want to share with them what I’ve learnt along the way and encourage them to push themselves and pursue their future careers.
“The presentations were fantastic and demonstrated real talent for project planning and design, as well as some incredibly creative responses to the brief.
“I hope my feedback and suggestions have proved useful and that the students go away full of enthusiasm for the course and full of confidence in their abilities.”
One of the students who presented to George and the panel was Wayne Kennedy, 31, from Hetton, who said: “To meet someone like George who’s been so successful, is really inspirational. He’s from just down the road from me, so it shows just what I could achieve too.”
Gerry Ruffles, lecturer in green technology design and building services at the college, said: “Having an alumni such as George Clarke, who continues to be involved with the college and who is so successful in his career, is invaluable.
“His involvement gives our students a real insight into what they could achieve and instills a sense of ambition.”