Twelve graduates from Tresham College’s rail engineering apprenticeship programme at the Corby campus are hoping employers will help them get their careers back on track.
They completed the NVQ Level 3 in rail engineering in July after studying a pioneering apprenticeship scheme designed to fast-track candidates into employment.
The course was launched in March 2013 by Evolve Business Training, in conjunction with Vital Rail, part of the Vital Services Group.
Almost as soon as their fledgling engineering careers started, the Vital Services Group, which provided work-based training at the group’s Leicester site, went into administration and was sold to the Manchester-based Morson Group.
The sale staved off the threat of redundancies and the apprentices were able to continue training.
At the end of July they ended their employment with the Morson Group, as part of their apprenticeship, following the successful completion of their NVQ Level 3 qualifications in rail engineering and rolling stock.
Now, they are all looking for jobs in the rail engineering, maintenance engineering and motor vehicle sectors, and Evolve Business Training and Tresham College are calling on local employers to help.
The college’s managing director and deputy principal Rachel Kay said: “These candidates are an absolute credit to both the college and themselves. It’s now time to reach out to the local business community in a concerted effort to help it secure the considerable talents of these 12 outstanding individuals.
“Employers across Northamptonshire and further afield will certainly be spoiled for choice, and I’m sure there are many companies out there who would benefit greatly from having such proven potential on their payroll.
“Engineering is a great industry and, with many companies increasingly suffering from an ageing workforce, to have such self-motivated, ambitious and qualified individuals all at the right age and at their disposal, will surely be an invaluable asset to any business going forward.”
Companies which would like to help can call Jade Wiggins on 01536 419573.