Ryan Broomfield and Jack McSorley, both former TTE apprentices, have gained full-time employment with their sponsor, Sembcorp Utilities UK, following the completion of their Tees Valley Production Technician (TVPT) programme.
The pair will become operation technicians at the industrial utility provider’s Wilton-based facility, after impressing its management team during the two years they spent on-site as apprentices.
Ryan, 21, from Grangetown, and Jack, 20, from Eston, have both also gained a High National Certificate (HNC) in Chemical Engineering from Redcar and Cleveland College as part of their comprehensive training programme.
TVPT is a four-year apprenticeship programme, which included two years at The TTE Technical Training Group followed by two years on site with their sponsoring company.
It has proven to be a successful collaboration between Teesside’s major process industry companies with support from TTE, and is now in its 11th year.
All of the TVPT apprentices have gone on to find permanent employment with their sponsoring companies and all have completed HNC qualifications in chemical engineering with some registered on chemical engineering courses at Teesside University.
Sembcorp, which employs around 150 people provides utilities such as electrical power and steam, plus a range of services to major industrial companies at the Wilton International site on Teesside. Its assets include a biomass power station, two gas turbines, a steam turbine and an industrial water treatment facility.
Mick Trodden, assistant plant manager, said: ‘Investing in apprenticeships has provided many benefits for Sembcorp and once again we see a stream of new talent coming through the business, able to make an immediate contribution to the business.’
Steve Grant, managing director at TTE, said: ‘Ryan and Jack are great examples of the motivated young people that come through TTE and demonstrate the benefits of investing in the TVPT programme from an employer’s perspective.
‘TTE is providing a stream of skilled young people ready for the world of work. They are equipped not only with the technical competencies, but also core social skills that will allow them to easily adapt to the professional workplace.’