Group’s success with its apprentice scheme

Jonathan Jama (NE, Y&H Winner Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice Award) with Dion Bowes (left) from TDR and Carl Jepson (right) from OGN Group. Picture by Tom Fenn.
Jonathan Jama (NE, Y&H Winner Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice Award) with Dion Bowes (left) from TDR and Carl Jepson (right) from OGN Group. Picture by Tom Fenn.
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An offshore engineering firm has found success with its apprenticeship scheme.

OGN Group, the offshore engineering, procurement and construction specialist, has added to its growing number of apprentices at its Wallsend base.

The two new recruits are in addition to the 15 apprentices currently working through OGN’s development programmes.

Max Middleton has joined as an apprentice planning engineer and Jonathan Jama has been employed as an apprentice structural engineer.

Jonathan, who moved from Fabricom Offshore Services, was named First Year Apprentice of the Year at the recent EEF North East, Yorkshire and Humberside Future Manufacturing Awards.

OGN Group general manager Bill Laurie said: “We’re thrilled to have expanded our apprentice training programmes. The move highlights our ongoing commitment to supporting high-calibre apprentices.”

“It just goes to show that embarking on an apprenticeship is a viable way to gain on-the-job training along with a higher education qualification.

“Our apprentices are a vital part of OGN’s workforce as we look to futureproof our business by helping to tackle the skills gap in the engineering industry.”

Jonathan, 20, from Crawcrook, Gateshead, is now in his second year and is studying at North Tyneside College.

Max, 19, from South Shields, is part way through his first year of studying at South Tyneside College.

Jonathan was put forward for the awards by his training provider TDR and went through a gruelling process which included a written statement along with a panel interview and presentation before the ceremony at Rudding Park, Harrogate.

He now goes through to the national final in London.

The new recruits follow the successful implementation of OGN’s welding, plating and pipefitting apprenticeship programme, which has now been running for two years.