The first group of participants to come through NEL’s Apprenticeship scheme have completed their training and are employed as part of the lab’s Test Engineering team.
“Two apprentices have finished and two are about to finish,” says Group Manager, Muir Porter. “The scheme is a success; the apprentices have become well-rounded engineers with a good range of expertise and will be an important asset to our team.”
The investment NEL has made in the apprenticeship scheme underlines the organisation’s commitment to the government’s skills agenda. This commitment is set to continue. Two further apprentices are about to start and the lab is in the process of interviewing more potential participants.
“The hands-on experience I’ve gained during my apprenticeship has been invaluable,” says Test Engineer, Lewis Doherty. “For me the highlight of the scheme was being able to go to college as well as work, it gave me the best of both worlds.”
The first four apprentices joined the scheme straight from school and did an initial full year at Glasgow Clyde College where they received training from the East Kilbride & District Engineering Group Training Association. They then started their three-year placement at NEL.
The scheme was shaped to suit the needs of each participant, but each received a lot of hands-on training and took five mandatory on-the-job training modules covering a full range of electrical, electronic and mechanical topics. They all undertook a range of electrical and mechanical HNC qualifications. Using the experience they picked up, the apprentices also got involved in maintenance, fault-finding, calibration and other work. They were mentored by the section leaders from NEL’s different departments.
The funding for NEL’s apprenticeships is provided by Skills Development Scotland under the Modern Apprenticeship scheme and through the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Sector Skills Council.
The ECITB is the statutory organisation, national training provider and awarding body with responsibility for the training and development of the UK's engineering construction workforce.
For more information, contact Muir Porter.