Students at NETA Training are reaping the benefits of two new ECITB-backed schemes helping to train future welders.
The training centre in Stockton was not only selected, for the third consecutive year, to deliver the ITEC programme, but NETA is also one of eight providers across England chosen to offer the board’s new scholarship scheme.
It’s good news for those lucky enough to scoop a place on the programmes, which are focused on welding this year, as both come with a weekly term-time allowance.
“This is a massive coup, not only for NETA but for the area as a whole, to be able to bring this opportunity to the Tees Valley,” said NETA’s head of department for engineering, Dave Laycock.
Fourteen scholarship and 12 ITEC students joined the NETA ranks in September, among them Peter, 16, from Billingham. Securing a scholarship place he said: “I was interested in welding as my granddad used to do it and I wanted to carry that on. I came to NETA to have a look round, they told me about the scholarship and it sounded like a really good course. I wasn’t expecting this opportunity at all.”
Returning NETA student Kyle, 17, from Stockton, was selected for a place on the ITEC course this September for his attitude, attendance and behaviours.
He said: “I studied mechanical engineering last year and I wanted to come back to do a level 3. I got a place on this course and I’m really enjoying it. I hope to go on to get an apprenticeship in welding.”