Apprenticeship success for a budding young engineer has once again shown why Teesside is a cut above when it comes to building the skills that matter.

NETA Training student David Morgan, has received a job offer just weeks after embarking on a unique training course launched to offset the drop in apprenticeships offered across the country.

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has committed to support more than 150 young people nationally through the Introduction to Engineering Construction (ITEC) course, which gives learners 10 months of work-ready training along with recognised industry qualifications.

NETA is among just a handful of training providers across England and Wales selected to deliver the programme and is now among the first to see a student progress to an apprenticeship.

“The fact that we are just a few weeks in and already have a student successfully appointed on to an apprenticeship programme is testament not only to the quality of the training but also to the calibre of the young people coming through,” said NETA’s sales and business development co-ordinator, Russell Coleman.

Snapped up by PD Ports just weeks into the course 17-year-old David will now embark on a mechanical engineering apprenticeship.

Choosing to study engineering at NETA after leaving school in the summer, David said: “The ITEC course offered the opportunity to have a go at a variety of different engineering roles.”

He never dreamed it would lead to employment so quickly.

“I wasn’t expecting to get an apprenticeship so soon, so I was buzzing when I found out I had got the job,” he said.

He said the hands-on training he has been receiving at NETA in its industrial workshops is proving good preparation for the real demands of work.

PD Ports Head of PR, Marketing and Communications Kirsten Donkin said: “Apprenticeships are the foundations of our business, delivering a tremendous amount of talent and value. To build a sustainable business you need the right people with the right skills, as well as inquisitive minds that will challenge and question the norm, which is why investing in apprentices is so important to us.”

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said: “The ITEC programme gives young people like David a solid foundation for a career in a wide range of engineering disciplines.

“The excellent recruitment levels from our pool of graduates shows the ITEC course is valued by industry and is a ringing endorsement of the work of our training providers.

“With demand for new recruits to the engineering construction workforce set to rise significantly over the next decade, and the ECITB ITEC Programme will pay its part in helping to fill that skills gap.”
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