The TyneMet Engineering Careers event was a resounding success, with pupils from across the region queuing up to find out more from leading training providers; including Rolls-Royce North East Training, TDR Training and Tyne North Training. TyneMet’s Engineering experts were also on hand to share their knowledge and offer advice about careers in the dynamic, explorative world of engineering.

The engineering careers event was an excellent chance for young people interested in a career in engineering to find out more about the progression routes on offer through apprenticeship programmes.  Jack Thompson, 22, who is currently on an apprenticeship with Bell Valves through TDR Training said: “Being an apprentice has given me a head start in the world of work, and really opened up my eyes, I’m learning so much and I’m gaining the skills required for a successful career, at the end of the day I’ll also have a great qualification”.

The engineering sector is currently facing a monumental skills shortage which has signalled a boom in apprenticeships. Employers need to equip people with the skills and knowledge required to carry out specialised industry work. Steven Atkinson from TDR Training explains that this type of programme makes careers, not just jobs: “Apprenticeships are an excellent route for young people who want to make a start in engineering; the employers we work with understand the value of training and that a skilled workforce is fundamental to business success”.

The event, which takes place annually, aims to harvest new talent, Pastoral Tutor at Tyne Metropolitan College, Lyndsey Moy said: “This event is really exciting, it’s great to see young people and their parents come along and find out what apprenticeships are all about at the start of their career path – there’s a real passion for engineering and for the employers and training providers we work with this is a vital opportunity to re-energise the industry’s workforce”.

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