Five TyneMet students have successfully secured welding apprenticeships with two locally prominent engineering giants – Renown Engineering and Kirkdale 2000.

This is another fantastic result for the successful collaboration between TyneMet and Tyne North Training – which is committed to providing a quality provision in engineering qualifications, training and apprenticeship opportunities.  Senior Training Officer at Tyne North Training, David Collins said: “The five students in question have worked extremely hard to secure the apprenticeships with North East employers – it’s brilliant that local SME’s have embraced the real benefits of developing staff. The students are filled with enthusiasm and commitment which has truly paid off for them.  We are delighted that they will progress from TyneMet    onto  a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship with the companies.”

TyneMet College works closely with local employers in order to develop courses which match industry 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.

Having identified a skills shortage, this year marked an exciting extension to the College’s engineering portfolio with new welding provision. The College worked with employers to create a transferable qualification in engineering, another pioneering step for TyneMet whose existing STEM specialisms have seen the College grow from strength to strength.

This latest outstanding result from TyneMet’s engineering students highlights the scope of opportunities available in the engineering sector. The course provides the perfect pathway for students embarking upon a career in an exciting, fast-paced and demanding industry.

In a highly competitive landscape all five students passed apprenticeship selection assessments: Jack Danielson, Level 2 Welding student, who will be commencing an apprenticeship with Renown Engineering said: “We’re all really looking forward to commencing our apprenticeships – it’s putting the skills and theory we have gained at TyneMet into practice.  I’ve always wanted to do something practical and this course provides best of both worlds by preparing me for interviews, assessments and entering a professional working environment.”

Welding teacher at TyneMet, Richard Waterson, said: “This is a really good time for anyone thinking about getting into engineering – the sector is booming. Welding is one of the key areas employers are demanding up to date, industry-related skills.  This is a fantastic result for the students; they are progressing into two excellent engineering divisions – Renown and Kirkdale 2000. I began my career as an apprentice so I know first-hand the hard work that’s involved.”

Soon to be Kirkdale 2000 apprentice, Connor Hooper, said: “The course at TyneMet gave me the confidence to actively pursue an apprenticeship and with TyneMet’s support I’ve been able to do that – from what I’ve learned in my course to the support from teachers and pastoral tutors, it’s been a great place to study and I’m now ready to take the next step to become a welder.”

Head of Engineering at TyneMet, Mick Burton, said: “Employers recognise recruiting engineering apprentices helps to bridge the skills gap and implement succession plans for their future workforce."

If you’re interested in engineering course or training opportunities visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/ engineering or speak to our Gateway team, call 0191 229 5000 or email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk