On 16th May Bury College proudly hosted a celebration event to acknowledge the exceptional achievement of twelve young aspiring engineers. The twelve trainees, who were recruited from across Greater Manchester, successfully completed a unique pre-apprenticeship opportunity with Bury College at global engineering company Doosan Babcock. The innovative programme, supported by the Nuclear Industrial Partnership, provided the students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications and develop a range of skills to prepare them for career progression.
The programme which began in September 2015, saw the previously unemployed and out of education recruits complete three two week placements in Tipton, Birmingham, at Doosan Babcock’s specialist training facility, alongside classroom based studies at Bury College. Over a six month period the students gained invaluable work experience as well as a range of essential qualifications.
The Engineering Construction Pre-apprenticeship celebration event saw heart felt speeches from Zoe Whittington of the National Skills Academy Nuclear, the college’s Deputy Principal Sandra Morton and the trainee’s guide and mentor Chris Dickinson. Each trainee was congratulated on their phenomenal achievement and received a prize and certificate.
Speaking of their involvement in the project, Zoe Whittington, the Nuclear Industrial Partnership Lead from the National Skills Academy Nuclear said: ”The effective partnership established between Bury College and Doosan Babcock under the Nuclear Industrial Partnership has allowed them to develop this bespoke traineeship course – a first in nuclear. They’ve been able to provide these young people with the foundations they need for their careers, making them the future of our industry. The Nuclear Industrial Partnership are proud to say the development and delivery of this brand new entry route to the sector has been one of the biggest successes of our programme.”
Chris Dickinson, Bury College Engineering Construction Traineeship Manager, who co-ordinated the project spoke warmly about his time working with the students; “I am extremely proud of the twelve students that have undertaken this life changing opportunity. The journey we have been on has been a like riding a rollercoaster, taking determination and perseverance, but I am proud to say they have made it. Over the last 6 months I have witnessed them all grow and develop into remarkable young adults.”
Due to the success of the programme and the performance of the students, Doosan Babcock have proudly offered six of the trainees full advanced apprenticeships within the company; a substantial achievement and an amazing opportunity.
Successful advanced apprentice and former Haslingden High School pupil, Lewis Gore said: “The pre-apprenticeship was a great experience and it got me on track for the advanced apprenticeship. It not only helped me to secure a job but also helped me develop as an adult. I would highly recommend this to anyone who gets the opportunity. I’m very thankful to Bury College and Doosan Babcock.”
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