Technician apprentice training

Published:  08 July, 2011

 Sandvik Coromant recently welcomed two highly driven young technician apprentices Ninetta Cataldo and Harrison Waters to a four year technician trainee apprenticeship programme that includes a 12 months ‘off the job’ training course through the EEF Technology Centre followed by a three year ‘on the job training’ by Sandvik Coromant in Halesowen, UK.

Sandvik Coromant in partnership with the EEF Apprentice and Skills Technology Centre, Birmingham, launched the technician apprentice training programme at the same time as introducing a graduate trainee programme. Both initiatives are aimed at attracting young people keen to pursue a career in UK manufacturing.

Having just completed year one with the EEF, both Ninetta and Harrison will be awarded the NVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO). This will be followed by a two year in-house technical and commercial training at Sandvik Coromant coupled with further coursework at the EEF, leading towards a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering. In their graduating year, both will study towards a foundation degree and receive specialist training in a department of their choice at Sandvik Coromant.  

Barry Jones, recruitment & mentoring officer, EEF Apprentice and Skills Technology Centre said: “We look forward to working with Sandvik Coromant in our aim to create a modern, competitive and innovative UK manufacturing industry by offering young people the chance, through targeted training, to become Britain’s next highly skilled engineers, securing the economic future of the UK manufacturing sector.”

Sandvik also recruited Camille Sandaldjan as a graduate trainee who is currently studying towards a MEng (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering with Management in Manchester (year two of four). Fluent in several languages including French and German, she was awarded the Richard Trevithick Scholarship as best aerospace student and will join Sandvik Coromant in June and August on project based work assignments. This will also include a MA sponsorship for the last two years of her course. 

“Recruiting young skilled specialised engineers is not always easy and we are pleased to be working with the EEF Technology & Skills Centre. Offering these training schemes will help to increase the talent pool and provide a unique well-rounded training, in-depth knowledge and practical knowhow to young people who wish to pursue a career in engineering”, said Robert Bloomfield, HR manager, Sandvik Coromant.  “In a time where university costs are rising with sometimes little prospect of a job after graduation, we believe this combination of vocational training and learning is a practical alternative for young students in their late teens, giving them realistic money earning capabilities and a future.” 

Sandvik Coromant is planning to offer further apprentice positions during the coming years. 

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