Powerskills relaunch successful Pre-Apprenticeship partnership

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is continuing its partnership with top-performing Selby College in offering an excellent opportunity for students who wish to pursue a career within the Engineering Construction Industry.

Selby College’s Powerskills brand is pleased to announce it is renewing its flagship Apprenticeship programme with the ECITB to provide places for 12 learners on the joint initiative as part of the UK-wide Pre-Apprenticeship Programme, following a pilot scheme which ran in 2015.

As an Engineering Centre of Excellence, Powerskills UK is dedicated to working closely with local, regional, national and international Power, Engineering and Construction employers to design and deliver training solutions that meet their specific needs. The initiative aims to safeguard the future of young Apprentices in the region and also to support the required growth demanded by industry.

The Introduction to Engineering Construction (ITEC) Programme sees successful candidates study at Selby College’s recently extended Innovation Building, a specialist facility for Engineering courses, from September whilst also spending up to three days a week in the workplace with a participating company. The learners will also have the opportunity to secure a week-long work placement with a prospective employer towards the end of the programme. 

Over a 12-month period the aspiring Engineers will achieve a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies and also complete practical training, providing them with the relevant skills, knowledge and health and safety awareness required to work in the Engineering Construction sector and prepare them for an Apprenticeship with an ECITB employer from next summer.

Martin Eatough, Head of Apprenticeships at ECITB said: “This is an excellent opportunity for those students who are currently studying for or in the process of applying for an Engineering qualification and are looking for an opportunity to secure an Apprenticeship or full-time employment within the engineering sector. The programme will allow them to achieve all of the year one components of a formal Apprenticeship and, on completion of the programme, make them very attractive to potential employers”.

Ian Muir, Assistant Director of Engineering & Construction at Selby College added: “Selby College’s Powerskills department has a growing reputation for providing employers locally and regionally with highly skilled engineers and construction sector employees. The ECITB partnership will ensure the young people recruited are provided with the skills in high demand in industry and potentially a job at the end of their training.”

Applications for the programme are open to school leavers aged 16-18, with five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including English and Maths. Please contact Powerskills Administration Officer Sue Johnson on 01757 211066 or email johnsonsu@selby.ac.uk for more information.

Published: Wednesday 2 Aug 2017