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New courses and apprenticeships for budding engineers and electricians

South West Durham Training, is launching new electrical, engineering and mechanical training provision and is taking applications and expressions of interest now, according to FE News.

The three year standard is aimed at engineers already with a Level 3 BTEC or equivalent, who will qualify with a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering or Manufacturing.

Both pupils who have left school and those already employed who have a GCSE in Engineering, will also be able to directly enrol onto a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at SWDT.

The Newton Aycliffe engineering training provider, part of the Bishop Auckland College Group, is also launching a new Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation, a one year full time course aimed at young people looking at a career as a domestic or commercial electrician.

Stuart Johnson, CEO of SWDT, said: “Whether you are a school leaver with an engineering GCSE or simply have an interest in becoming an electrician – or are already working in engineering or manufacturing and are looking for a higher education qualification – these new additions to our training offer could be the ideal next step for you.

“We are offering the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship at a very competitive rate and the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering can be studied on day release with your apprentice in the workplace up to four days per week.”

Thomas Lavender, 20, is in the third year of an Advanced Apprenticeship with SWDT, which will give him a Level 4 HNC qualification. His employer is M5tec, a bespoke engineering design solutions company specialising in areas including nuclear, oil and gas, and renewable energies.

“As M5tec have invested their time in me, and continue to do so, I feel I am an integral part of its ongoing growth.”.