Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s Chief Executive, Chris Claydon travelled up from London to pay some of our Level 3 Mechanical ITEC students a visit and join together in a small networking lunch which gave the ITEC students the opportunity to speak to Chris and share his knowledge, advice and experience.
Chris said: “I am really impressed with the training facilities at NETA and the work being done to equip new entrants and adults with the skills they need to succeed in our industry. Speaking with the learners, I was delighted to hear how positive they are about their training experience and how optimistic they are about the fantastic careers that await when they enter the world of work.”
NETA’s Managing Director, Phil Blewitt joined ECITB’s Account Manager for the North of England, Mark Rae, to give Chris a tour of NETA’s fantastic engineering workshops both at Pennine Avenue and our state-of-the-art Lustrum facility.
He said: “We were delighted to welcome Chris to NETA and show him around our facilities. During the visit Chris spent time with students and staff discussing the future challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s Engineering construction industry. NETA has a long standing relationship with the ECITB in delivering programmes for both young people and adults and this visit was testimony to our joint commitment in ensuring that the UK’s Engineering construction sector has a constant supply of high quality, safe and technically competent people.”
The Introduction to Engineering Construction (ITEC) Programme is a one year course sponsored by the ECITB, giving selected students the relevant skills, knowledge and health and safety awareness required to prepare them for work in the engineering construction sector. The course is delivered three days per week at NETA’s training centre over the academic year. The students are currently studying for their BTEC Diploma Level 3 covering a variety of practical skills including engineering areas such as electrical, mechanical, fabrication and welding.
NETA’s Commercial Manager, Sean Johnston joined MD Phil to give Chris a tour of NETA’s Lustrum facility which is home to our 26-tonne Nordtank NTK 600/43 nearshore wind turbine nacelle, drilling simulator and state-of-the-art electrical workshops. Following on from this NETA’s ITEC students Adam Spencley, Ryan Thompson, Mitchell white and full time NETA study programme student Kuran Hussain had the opportunity to have a little networking lunch with Chris and Mark where they spoke about engineering opportunities in the North East.
To round the day off Phil concluded; “We are looking forward to jointly developing new innovative training and education programmes that help people of all ages develop their skills and future careers in one of the UK’s most exciting engineering sectors”.