There was cause for celebration at British Steel recently, with the first two apprentices at the company successfully passing the new End Point Assessment with the help of TTE Technical.
Science Industry Maintenance Technician apprentices, Kristian Hill and Ricky Gregory studied the three year programme, with their hard work and dedication leaving a lasting impression.
Kristian, who is now employed as a Day Shift Fitter at British Steel, said of his experience as an apprentice:
“The skills I learnt on the course are really transferrable, and I enjoyed working with the different equipment. The team were really supportive and were always willing to help whenever needed.”
British Steel apprentices are recruited through the TTE study programmes and spend an additional year in the TTE training facility to become site ready, where they then complete their onsite training and assessment supported by British Steel mentors and TTE assessors.
TTE’s impressive site, also the original British Steel training facility, boasts an industrial sized workshop where apprentices and learners gain the requirements for working in the sector.
Andy Clarke, Reliability Engineer & Apprentice Co-ordinator at British Steel shared his delight at the recent news:
“This is a huge success for British Steel in the North East.
“I have been involved with the Apprentice Steering Group for British Steel Northern Mills since 2013 as the Co-ordinator for Skinningrove. TTE have always been there throughout our programme to help and assist whenever we require their support.
“This result demonstrates the dedication and professionalism of Ricky and Kristian Hill”
The Science Industry Maintenance Technician programme covers elements including Inspection and Testing, Wiring Insulation, and Isolations, with the two apprentices now being equipped with the knowledge and skills to gain employment in the wide-ranging and rewarding field.
Cranes and Infrastructure Engineer at British Steel, Tony Malone added;
“When we recruit for positions on our apprenticeship programmes, we turn to likes of TTE. A proud history of support has unfolded within the steel industry between ourselves at British Steel and TTE, with us being committed to provide the next generation of skilled workers.
“Apprentices are an integral part of our workforce development strategy, and are becoming increasingly more important.
“Trainee development through an apprenticeship programme is a team effort and because of this team effort, and with the support from TTE, it has been so successful for many years.”
John Cooke, Operations Manager at TTE, said of the achievement;
“I am proud to have been involved at all stages with the British Steel and TTE apprenticeship relationship, including the recent transformation from frameworks to standards.
“To see the development of young people maturing into high quality maintenance technicians is extremely rewarding for myself and the TTE team, while also acknowledging the outstanding achievement by Ricky and Kristian with their completion of the first end point assessments within British Steel Teesside.”
“TTE and British Steel have an excellent long-standing working relationship which has developed over numerous years. TTE work closely together to support the mills in producing high calibre safety conscious apprentices who match the criteria British Steel require to support a contingency plan for their workforce.”
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