NEL’s apprenticeship scheme is moving forward strongly with the third tranche of participants currently being selected. At the same time, three of the scheme’s first group of graduates have moved into jobs in flow measurement.
“As an organisation we are committed to developing flow management expertise,” says Operations Director, Mark Roscoe. “The success of our apprenticeship scheme shows the depth of this commitment. We are proud of the fact that the scheme has already produced a group of people who are highly competent in the field of flow measurement testing. We aim to build on this and widen the pool of expertise developed over the next ten years and beyond.”
“We have just completed interviews for the third tranche of participants in the scheme,” says Group Manager, Muir Porter. “The successful applicants will start in September. There has been a lot of competition for places and it has been difficult to select the two apprentices we will be accepting this year.”
Muir explains that apprentices join NEL straight from school or from tertiary education. Participants receive hands-on training in flow measurement testing and take a range of electrical and mechanical HNC qualifications. They are mentored by the section leaders from NEL’s different departments.
“We are delighted by how well the programme is working,” says Muir. “What is perhaps most exciting is that three graduates from our first group of apprentices, Kieran Gallacher, Harry Clark and Scott Churchill, are now working as full-time employees at NEL.”
Kieran is providing infrastructure support and helping the wind and emission testing team. Harry and Scott are working as test engineers on a variety of flow measurement facility rigs.
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.
For more information, contact Muir Porter.
16 August 2018