Nine apprentices taken on at yard

Members of the OGN apprenticeship programme with OGN Group's Darren Smith (far left back row), Tyne North Training's Mark Mackey (second right back row) and OGN Group's Susan Culyer (Far right back row). Picture by Chris White.
Members of the OGN apprenticeship programme with OGN Group's Darren Smith (far left back row), Tyne North Training's Mark Mackey (second right back row) and OGN Group's Susan Culyer (Far right back row). Picture by Chris White.

Nine new apprentices are taking the first steps in a career in the offshore industry.

OGN Group have taken on the youngsters, who join six apprentices already working at the Hadrian Yard in Wallsend once they have completed the practical training at South Tyneside College.

Tyne North Training began recruiting the apprentices last year from local schools in the area. After a series of interviews and site visits the new apprentices were recruited within a number of disciplines including fabrication and welding.

The apprentices and trainees will work alongside and be mentored by highly experienced foreman and other members of OGN’s workforce.

David Edwards, chief executive officer at OGN, said: “I am really pleased to expand our apprentice training programmes with the recruitment of these young people. They really are the future of our industry.”

“Apprentices are absolutely essential to OGN Group as we look to maintain our operational capabilities and a sustainable business for the future.”

Andrew Thorpe, business development manager at Tyne North Training, said: “Tyne North Training is delighted to be working alongside OGN as they invest in their workforce by recruiting new apprentices.

“With the demise of several yards in Tyneside it is fantastic news for the region that a large engineering employer is investing in youngsters for the long term future.”

Alison Maynard, principal, professional and vocational, at South Tyneside College, said: “Apprentices are key to the future of the engineering industry.

“We are delighted to have OGN’s nine new apprentices here at the college so they can learn the key practical skills which will set them on their way to successful careers in the sector.”