Groundbreaking apprenticeship programme welcomes first cohort

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Oct 2017

THE first engineering apprentices have been welcomed on to a groundbreaking new scheme, having beaten more than 1,000 applicants to land sought-after roles with some of the South Bank’s biggest and brightest names.

The Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician programme, known as Moet, will see new industry-aligned standards worked towards, embedding core knowledge, skills and behaviours, ahead of the squad of 16 starting roles with ABP, Young’s Seafood, Dong Energy, DFDS and Lincoln & York.

Grimsby Institute is delivering the programme, and working with the Apprenticeship Levy, each company has a branded apprenticeship as part of the partnership.

In total, there are six apprentices with ABP, five at Young’s Seafood, four with Dong Energy, one at DFDS and Lincoln & York.

Lucy Ottewell-Key, (pictured right), executive director of apprenticeships at Grimsby Institute, said: “I’m proud of the effort the staff have put in to launch the new Moet engineering standards at the Grimsby Institute. This is an exciting, forward-thinking programme for employers and workforce skills and the faculty will work hard to ensure it’s a big success.”

Selection followed an online application, assessment day and interview.

Nick Marshall, curriculum manager, said: “This is a very significant development for the Institute and we’re delighted to be working with companies like Dong Energy, Young’s Seafood, ABP, DFDS and Lincoln & York on these new standards.”

Ben Watson, 18, has just started at ABP. He said: “We had an assessment day at Modal and were then asked in for interview. It was great to be chosen and I’ve already been on-site at Hull. It’s something I’ve always thought about doing because it’s a job for life.”

Lucas Button, 17, was chosen by Dong Energy from around 550 people. He said: “To come from the online application to today through assessment and interviews days feels great. It was an amazing feeling when I got the phone call, and to start on such a sought-after apprenticeship is a relief.

“I studied electrical engineering at the Grimsby Institute and the future prospects of this are really exciting. We’re down to go offshore in January 2019 and I’m particularly looking forward to that.”

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Starting at DFDS is Riley Smith, 16. He said: “It’s something I’ve always thought about doing, getting a trade rather than going on to study. There were some nervous moments during the process but I was so happy when I got the news. It’s exciting.”

Jack Boswell, 17, is one of the five apprentices at Young’s Seafood. They had to do a ten-minute presentation to engineering managers as part of the process. He said: “It’s something I’d never done before. I had been trying to get an apprenticeship for a long time and I was buzzing when I got the call.

 “I think learning on the job is the best way for me to develop. It’s quicker when you’re doing practical work. At the end of the four years I hope to be a fully qualified engineer and maybe go on to get a HND or HNC.”

Zachary Garrod, 19, who is at Elsham-based coffee manufacturer Lincoln & York, said: “An apprenticeship is always something that I wanted to do, hands-on experience with pay and a job at the end is brilliant.

“I had already done electrical engineering for two years and electrical installation for one at the Institute. It was my first choice and I was really happy to get the call, my parents were chuffed too.”

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