Sixteen learners from Corby have started an apprenticeship in rail engineering as part of a partnership between Vital Skills Training and Tresham College.
The group is the first to undertake the NVQ Level 3, which combines practical training as well as classroom-based tuition.
Both organisations are members of the National Skills Academy in Rail Engineering (NSARE) and this is the first time that Tresham College has been able to deliver specific NVQ Level 3 courses in rail engineering to meet the needs of a growing region.
The apprentices, who are aged between 16 and 18, started their courses on Monday, July 29, at the college’s Corby campus.
The group was welcomed on site by Vital’s education and training director Lawrence Dobie who said: “We are delighted that the first Level 3 apprentices have started on the programme.
“The course will provide the learners with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to be competent rail engineers and we are so pleased to be working together with Tresham College to offer something which we believe to be unrivalled in the region.”
Rachel Kay, Tresham College’s managing director and deputy principal, said: “This is an ideal partnership for all concerned. Both parties are committed to providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds and giving them the support they need to achieve their career goals.
“This new programme gives our students a chance not just to earn while they learn, but also to enter a vibrant industry where there is a huge demand for suitably qualified staff. We’re confident that this will be a long and successful partnership that will offer young people an exciting and viable career path.”
To find out more about apprenticeships at Tresham visit www.evolve-tresham.co.uk or visit www.vital-skills.com or call 0161 836 7024.