A teenager has secured an apprenticeship thanks to support from two training providers.
Specialist welding manufacturer Newarc has taken on Sam Dobson following help from Tyne North Training and TyneMet College.
The 19-year-old, who enrolled on an electrical engineering course at the college, has secured a four-year apprenticeship.
Sam said: “I was elated to find out I had secured the apprenticeship with Newarc.
“I absolutely love my apprenticeship, every day is different and I’m learning so much. I’m gaining the skills to secure a successful future, I also spend a day at TyneMet College learning theory, which is all put into practice at Newarc.”
TyneMet has a special working relationship with Newarc, who provided specialist welding equipment for the College’s latest project.
Newarc’s state-of-the-art welding machines are fitted in the IGNITE Centre for Engineering & Innovation in Wallsend, which has been developed to provide specialist training in welding, fabrication, milling, turning, hand fitting and electrical installation and technology.
David Kerr, general manager at Newarc, said: “Having started my career with an engineering apprenticeship, I know firsthand what an apprenticeship can offer.
“We looked at a lot of apprenticeship providers but we were highly impressed by Tyne North Training and TyneMet – they offered our business a flexible approach to finding the right candidate, and Sam is the perfect fit for Newarc.”
TyneMet’s head of engineering, Mick Burton, said: “We’re making a significant investment in the provision of our welding courses, the College recently opened the doors of at our new IGNITE Centre.
“The training and qualification that are taught at IGNITE are skills that are in high demand regionally by employers and fulfil the latest industry requirements.”
Andrew Thorpe, business development manager at Tyne North Training, said: “The cohort of applicants from TyneMet were first class and there were some very strong applications – Sam demonstrated a brilliant attitude and a willingness to learn which shined through in his application to Newarc.
“David Kerr expressed he was familiar with Tyne North Training’s expertise within engineering so was confident that the two organisations would be able to provide an excellent apprentice and training.”