TTE is hoping to find the next generation of skilled engineers at a special open event, after the Royal Academy of Engineering suggested that the UK needs more than one million new technicians in order to bridge the existing skills gap.
Aspiring engineers from across Teesside are invited to the event, which is taking place on February 18 between 5-7pm at its specialist training facility, based in South Bank, Middlesbrough.
Year 11 students, looking to learn more about vocational learning and its possibilities, 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 more than 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.
TTE managing director Steve Grant said: “The short supply of skilled engineers and technicians is cause for concern for many businesses – it does however present an excellent opportunity for young people assessing their career options.
“With demand outstripping supply, potential students would be well positioned to secure full-time employment, once they had completed their training framework.”