TTE is hosting two open events, which will provide young people from across the Tees Valley, with the chance to tour its specialist training facility and learn more about their options after Year 11.
South Bank-based TTE will open its doors on 10 and 12 November between 5-7pm to aspiring engineers, looking to learn more about vocational learning and where it could lead.
Those who attend will be provided with an in-depth introduction to the training programmes available at TTE, take a tour of its industry-standard facilities and also have the opportunity to chat with its expert trainers, who have delivered programmes to engineers at leading oil & gas companies, including BP and Marathon Oil.
TTE provides school leavers with practical training, technical skills, the ability to learn and earn and the opportunity to enjoy a career in industry through its employer-sponsored Apprenticeships programmes and Study Programmes.
TTE has strong links with over 100 local employers in industry, which sponsor the organisation’s apprentices.
These companies are keen to support students throughout their training and young people expecting to achieve English, Maths and Science GCSEs at grades A to C are invited to apply for an employer-sponsored apprenticeship.
Study programme learners spend two years working towards respected vocational and technical qualifications at TTE’s training centre in South Bank, spending a large proportion of their time in its uniquely equipped workshops.
There is then the potential for a further two years spent working at sponsoring companies’ premises, as apprentices, to earn additional vocational qualifications and, most importantly, gain hands-on experience working in an industry environment as part of a skilled workforce.
TTE’s Engineering and Process Study Programmes, which are available in a selection of trades, including engineering and process disciplines, provide young people aged between 16 and 18 with the chance to study for Diplomas at Level 2 and 3.
They also support students’ chances of moving on to an Apprenticeship sponsored by an employer from the oil & gas, process, manufacturing and engineering sectors.
TTE managing director Steve Grant, pictured (above) with students, said: “It’s crucial that young people are in an informed position when deciding upon their training and further education options – it’ll impact the rest of their lives.
“That’s why we encourage those considering vocational learning to come along and see what an engineering career has to offer before making a decision.
“Employers are increasingly being faced with an aging workforce and are now looking to the next generation of skilled workers to fill the gaps that will inevitably appear.
“The vocational learning and placements we provide at TTE will shape our trainees skill set and put them in the best possible position to secure employment upon completion.”