Weston College Launches Pre-Apprenticeship Programme With ECITB
Weston College has announced an exciting new partnership with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).
Following a successful selection process through the Hinkley Point Training Agency (HPTA) and the ECITB, the College has been selected as one of 12 training providers nationally to offer an Engineering Construction Pre-apprenticeship Programme, supporting the College’s objective to offer outstanding skills training and create a highly skilled workforce for employers in the West of England.
The Introduction to Engineering Construction (ITEC) Programme will focus on providing high quality technical skills training for students looking to work in the engineering and construction industry. A group of 12 students will study the one year programme at the College’s state-of-the-art £2.5m Engineering Centre at its South West Skills Campus on Locking Road.
The programme will give the selected young people the relevant skills, knowledge and health and safety awareness required to prepare them for working in the engineering construction sector. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills including engineering design, maintenance, advanced manufacturing and mechanical engineering skills.
Neil England, Director of Hinkley Point Training Agency, highlighted the influence the HPTA and the Hinkley Point C project was able to provide: “Weston College are part of the HPTA network which has been put in place by the HPC project to bring skills and training benefit to the region and we were able to use our relationship with the ECITB to facilitate this exciting opportunity for young people in the South West.”
Martin Eatough, ECITB Head of Apprenticeships, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for those students who are currently studying for, or are in the process of applying for, an engineering qualification and are looking for an opportunity to secure an Apprenticeship or full time employment within the engineering sector.
“The programme will allow them to achieve all of the year one components of a formal Apprenticeship and, on completion of the programme, make them very attractive to potential employers.”
Dave Crew, Director of Business Growth at Weston College, added: “Weston College are delighted to be working in partnership with ECITB to offer the ITEC programme to our engineering students. This programme will enhance our curriculum, provide skills and knowledge training, supporting our students to be successful future engineers, and secure apprenticeships with local employers.”
For further information on engineering training at Weston College, visit www.weston.ac.uk/subject/engineering.