A mechanical engineering student from TyneMet has beaten off hundreds of applicants to win a prestigious apprenticeship with energy giant, Alstom Power, a global leader in power generation with a portfolio of products covering fuel types and over a 100 years’ experience in engineering, procurement and the construction of new power plants.

Jack Mathieson, who is currently studying a BTEC Level 2 First Award and NVQ PEO Level 2 in Mechanical Engineering at TyneMet, said: “The course that I have studied at TyneMet has prepared me well for entering the next stage of education and training - I chose TyneMet because the facilities, quality of teaching and success I had seen others achieve was really impressive.” Jack added:  I’m delighted to have accepted the offer from Alstom and look forward to commencing my career.”

Jack will be based at the Coventry plant and is looking forward to the independence of moving away from home, he added: “This will be the first time I’ve lived away from home and Alstom are funding my accommodation whilst I undertake the apprenticeship – something I’m very grateful for. I always knew I wanted to become an engineer and have worked hard to realise my dreams. ”

Lynsey Moy, engineering pastoral tutor, said: “Jack was very lucky to be invited to three apprenticeship interviews, but Alstom was his first choice. The apprenticeship programme they offered appealed to Jack as it brings different skills and qualities into practice whilst applying practical and theoretical knowledge and experience, coupled with formal qualifications.”

Head of Engineering at TyneMet, Mick Burton, said: "The apprenticeship that Jack has secured with Alstom Power is an excellent opportunity to understand engineering at an advanced level. We are delighted for Jack, the College fully endorses apprenticeships – they are an excellent way of equipping people with the practical and theoretical knowledge and experience, alongside formal qualifications.”

Mick added: “There is currently a deficit in engineering skills worldwide and filling the skills gap is crucial – this is an investment in the next generation of talent. Jack’s success highlights to young people that there are exciting career paths in engineering out there.”

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