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New Gloucestershire apprentices course a big success

By BHawes  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

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An apprenticeship course in the county has been running at full capacity since its recent launch.

Barnwood-based Gloucestershire Engineering Training launched its Higher National Certificate programme in Mechanical Engineering in September this year.

Linsey Temple, chief executive of GET, said further courses would be launched in the new year as a result of the popular programme, which is spread across three groups.

"Demand for this course has been high with all three groups running at capacity," she said.

"The introduction of this higher level delivery has identified a need for additional studies in Mathematics and Computer Aided Design and GET will be delivering bridging courses in both subjects from January 2014."

The engineering training centre in Corinium Avenue, Barnwood, boasts nearly 22,000 square foot of workshop space and classrooms equipped with a variety of traditional machinery and the latest technology.

Learners undertake the first year off-the-job element of their apprenticeship programme at the training centre, which can accommodate up to 130 apprentices in one intake.

They undertake a mixture of practical and academic learning and experience both off and on-the-job learning.

GET has been providing work-based learning in engineering for apprentices from their member companies for 34 years. They train apprentices in both mechanical and electrical disciplines and also offer a dual skill programme for those employers who require multi-skilled individuals.

GET also provides a range of additional tailor made training programmes and services.

The most recent development is the progress and introduction of the academic programmes at Further (Level 3) and Higher (Level 4-5) Levels.

The Level 3 academic programmes have been running for over five years and the programme is now offered as a stand-alone qualification rather than just a sub-qualification within the Advanced Apprenticeship Framework. The programmes at Level 3 are offered in both mechanical and electrical disciplines.

GETS is an independent engineering training association. It has charitable status and is owned and managed by its member companies.

GET is backing our Age of The Apprentice campaign to help and encourage apprenticeships and the companies. It will highlight the opportunities available to our young people at a time when it has never been more important to help them on the career ladder.

It will all culminate in Gloucestershire SkillsFest 2014 at Gloucestershire College on March 7 to 8.

The campaign is being supported by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Gloucestershire College, GET, Delphi Diesel Systems, Western Power Distribution, Speller Metcalfe and of course, the Gloucestershire Echo, Gloucester Citizen and Stroud Life.

For further information about GET's programmes or to apply, contact Kelly White on 01452 423461 or email k.white@get-trained.org.

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