Apprentices take first steps on energy career path

Some of the apprentices taking part.
Some of the apprentices taking part.
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A North-east apprentice training centre has welcomed its latest intake of learners on a range of work-focused courses.

Nine new apprentices have enrolled with ITCA Training, which is based at Dyce’s Kirkhill Industrial Estate, on a 20-week E2A (Entry to Apprenticeship) course, with the hope of securing employment in the highly competitive energy sector.

ITCA, which was established in 1989, is one of the largest engineering apprenticeship-training firms in Scotland, and provides training for young employees in sectors including, welding, fabrication, mechanical engineering, business administration and logistics. TheE2A training initiative, which was launched in June 2013, offers the first step to an apprenticeship programme, and is funded by the national skills body, SDS (Skills Development Scotland) employability fund. The youngsters are divided into two groups, with five studying engineering and the remaining four focussing on welding.

Thecourse which lasts for 20 weeks, involves a mixture of classroom based studies and practical work. Learners will also go on placements at local companies during the course.

Managing Director of ITCA, June Jones, said: “With workshop experience and teaching from industry experts, these learners will go on to become extremely attractive to the energy industry, which, as well all know, is struggling to fill a widening skills gap.”