Praise for apprentices

College of West Anglia Fenland Isle Campus engineering apprenticeship awards in The Boathouse.
College of West Anglia Fenland Isle Campus engineering apprenticeship awards in The Boathouse.
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Apprentices from the engineering and electrical sectors were celebrated on Thursday.

The apprentices were all from the Isle campus of the College of West Anglia and attended a special awards ceremony at the Boathouse in Wisbech.

The apprentices were accompanied by their employers, assessors and tutors to celebrate their success.

Eleven hard-working students completed their 
apprenticeship programmes between September 2008 
and July 2012 at the college.

They achieved between a two- and four-year apprenticeship in a variety of 
engineering disciplines, ranging from electronics, 
fabrication and welding to electrical and mechanical maintenance.

Some have since progressed onto a higher national certificate (HNC) sponsored by their employers as part of their continued professional development.

“This event was aimed to highlight the apprentices’ success in achievement of a complex and demanding framework of qualifications,” said executive director partnerships and estates Mark Reavell.

“Although engineering remains a skills shortage area, employers are becoming aware of the skills gap and are investing heavily to maintain the future growth and development of their businesses.

“Many of our apprentices will progress and develop 
specialisms with their employers.

“With the right level of encouragement we can raise aspirations and show how engineering can offer a real career path for young people.”

The apprentices and employers were:

Kalum Richardson of CA Browne Electrical Engineering Ltd; Simon Jones and 
Scott Williams of Crown 
Packaging plc; William Tysoe of Foster Property Maintenance Ltd; Harry Claxton of MEC-A-TEC Services Ltd; Karl Parry of Priden Engineering Ltd; Nicholas Lee, Raymond Points, Daniel Whitrid and Darren Witting of Princes Ltd; and Jocelyn Stuart of WD Electrical.