Aspiring engineers across Teesside are being given further opportunities to develop the basic skills of their future trade.

NETA Training Group is among a handful of selected training providers from England and Wales chosen to deliver the unique course launched to offset the drop in apprenticeships offered across the country.

The ECITB has committed to support more than 150 young people nationally to take the Introduction to Engineering Construction (ITEC) course, which will be delivered by 11 selected colleges and training providers.

NETA Training’s strategic business development co-ordinator Dave Thompson said: “We are delighted to be working with the ECITB and this is further recognition of the great things that are happening at NETA.”

First launched by the ECITB as a pilot project in 2015 the scheme is already helping engineering construction employers to recruit new talent.

The ITEC course will give learners 10 months of training, a recognised industry level 3 knowledge qualification, a level 2 practical qualification together with a Health and Safety Passport (CCNSG).

With work experience a key part of the programme, it also offers the opportunity to benefit from real-world work experience and develop hands-on skills in a variety of engineering disciplines.

David Laycock, NETA Training’s Programme Area Leader- Engineering, said: “With just 150 spaces being made available nationally it is fantastic that NETA has been selected among the providers to deliver the ITEC course.

“This shows the confidence that industry and the awarding body has in NETA as a quality training provider.”

With the one year course effectively equating to the first year of a level 3 apprenticeship, David said it will benefit both the students and future employers.

He said: “Having the support of the ECITB behind them will put these students in front of companies, increasing their chances of moving on to a full apprenticeship.”

While for employers, David explained, it reduces the risk as the students have already proven themselves with a year’s experience.

Find out more about the engineering courses available at NETA by visiting: www.neta.co.uk/courses/

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