In a sector with a widely acknowledged succession challenge, we’re delighted to have been able to take on two apprentices through the Employer Opportunity Programme (EOP) which is linked to the UK government’s SEMPTA programme, benefitting from investment and commitment from British engineering heavyweight BAE.
In their first year, our apprentices successfully completed a BTEC LEVEL 3 and NVQ2 in Mechanical Engineering, spending one day on the shop floor at NASH and 4 days at BAE college. Now in year two, they are increasing their commitment to four days a week at NASH with a day at the BAE college, working towards a HNC and NVQ3 in Mechanical Engineering.
Matt Corker, Technical Director at NASH says “Investing in a future skilled workforce is incredibly important for us as a business, shows the students that there is a viable career in engineering and creates a direction for them to fulfil their potential”.
Nick Hazelden, who is into his 2nd year of the scheme commented “What’s been really interesting is the variety of the work and training, providing me with the chance to do lots of different things. Rhys Emerson, also in his 2nd year, added “What’s been really important for me is working on real, live projects. What I’m taking from my time at NASH is both working as part of a team, but also being responsible for my own work and seeing the quality of my work improving all the time.”
It is highly likely that the business will look to this scheme and others like it in the future.
“Taking part in this scheme has helped us understand and crystallize what future focused, engineering best practice and quality looks like” adds Corker.
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