Specialist welding manufacturer, Newarc, have taken on a new apprentice with the help of training company, Tyne North Training and local education provider, Tyne Metropolitan College.

Newarc have appointed Sam Dobson, who originally attended Longbenton Community College before enrolling on an Electrical Engineering course at TyneMet, to progress onto an electrical apprenticeship with Newarc delivered by Tyne North Training.

Sam Dobson, 19, who successfully secured the four-year apprenticeship, said: “I was elated to find out I had secured the apprenticeship with Newarc – there was a lot of competition from other candidates for the post but the team at Tyne North Training were really great – they were very supportive and kept me up-to date with the whole application process.  I absolutely love my apprenticeship, every day is different and I’m learning so much. I’m gaining the skills to secure a successful future – I also spend a day at TyneMet College learning theory, which is all put into practice at Newarc.”

Tyne Metropolitan College have a special working relationship with Newarc, who provided specialist welding equipment for the College’s latest project. Newarc’s state-of-the-art welding machines are fitted in the IGNITE Centre for Engineering & Innovation in Wallsend, which has been developed to provide specialist training in welding, fabrication, milling, turning, hand fitting and electrical installation and technology. 

General Manager at Newarc, David Kerr, said: “Having started my career with an Engineering apprenticeship, I know firsthand what an apprenticeship can offer – from gaining industry relevant skills to opening doors, an apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start a career in engineering. We looked at a lot of apprenticeship providers but we were highly impressed by Tyne North Training and TyneMet – they offered our business a flexible approach to finding the right candidate, and Sam is the perfect fit for Newarc. We aim to develop our apprentices by supporting and guiding them through a specific training programme, Sam is mentored by a previous apprentice who has been instrumental in Sam’s development. Apprenticeships are an outstanding way to develop your workforce, I’d thoroughly recommend TyneMet and Tyne North Training – they got it spot on.”

TyneMet’s Head of Engineering, Mick Burton, said: “We’re making a significant investment in the provision of our welding courses, the College recently opened the doors of at our new IGNITE Centre. The training and qualification that are taught at IGNITE are skills that are in high demand regionally by employers and fulfil the latest industry requirements.”

TyneMet College works closely with local employers in order to develop courses which match employers’ requirements and overcome skills shortages, with the aim of creating more employment opportunities for students and to develop a highly trained workforce of the future by providing engineering pathways are supported by Tyne North Training Ltd.

Andrew Thorpe, Business Development Manager at Tyne North Training, said: “The cohort of applicants from TyneMet were first class and there were some very strong applications – Sam demonstrated a brilliant attitude and a willingness to learn which shined through in his application to Newarc. David Kerr expressed he was familiar with Tyne North Training’s expertise within engineering so was confident that the two organisations would be able to provide an excellent apprentice and training.”

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