SeaKing Apprentice Tally Surges to 30

Seaking MD

By MarEx 2015-02-21 02:24:24

UK-based SeaKing Group has signed four new apprentices this year, taking its trainee tally to 30, representing further investment in young people.

Three trainees have been recruited for the group’s maritime-focused SeaKing Electrical division and one for land-based Peter D Welch Electrical Contractors Ltd (PDW).

The electrical engineering group first launched its program for trainees six years ago and training will be delivered with the Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW), part of the Mersey Maritime Group based in Monks Ferry, Birkenhead, UK.

The new apprentices will embark on a two-year extended diploma, NVQ Level 2 and 3, in Electrical Installation alongside a BTEC National Certificate in Electrical Engineering.

SeaKing Electrical Group managing director Dave Gillam said apprenticeships play a vital role to future proof the business and boost local skills.

He said: “We are delighted that we now have 30 apprentices and our excellent vocational training continues to attract great interest. Our recruits are selected after rigorous panel interviews. We see this as a long-term investment and want apprentices who show passion and aptitude.

“They will develop a work-based portfolio demonstrating technical skills and knowledge over two years. Training involves practical and theory work. They will learn about the group’s varied work across the marine, industrial, military, commercial and land-based electrical engineering sectors.”

He added: “SeaKing strongly believes in providing jobs for the local community and nurturing young talent. We are also pleased to be supporting MECNW, which is based nearby and offers a fantastic service. We have a strong record of converting our apprentices into full-time workers. In turn, they will provide the energy, skill and expertise to drive the business forward.”

MECNW skills director Terry Weston said: “The SeaKing Group carries out impressive work in many markets requiring in-depth skill and knowledge. It is great to see this latest investment in apprenticeships.

“The maritime and engineering sectors are due to expand rapidly with wind farms, nuclear power and SuperPort plans requiring skilled workers. The college works closely with businesses to identify skills gaps and training needed, and we now design training courses specifically for individual firms.

“MECNW offers one of the broadest and most flexible range of engineering apprenticeship courses in the North West. Learners can start at any point in the year. There are also very attractive government funding packages to help employers pay for training. We are keen to hear from employers, schools and anyone aged 16 and above who is interested in apprenticeships.”

MECNW runs 20 maritime, engineering and sector-support apprenticeships. Courses focus on welding, mechanical and electrical engineering, computer aided design, pipetting, project control, rigging, steel erection, railway track maintenance and non-destructive testing (NDT).

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