A supplier of equipment for the offshore industry has joined forces with the region’s largest training organisation to boost its workforce, with the addition of three new apprentices.
Stockholding distribution company MRC Transmark (MRCT) has been working in partnership with the North East Chamber of Commerce to recruit enthusiastic and talented apprentices to their team.
MRCT is Europe’s largest stockholding distributors of valves to the oil, petrochemical, chemical, process and pharmaceutical industries. The new apprentices are based at its regional headquarters in Seaham, County Durham.
MRCT operation manager Mark Gale said: “NECC has helped select enthusiastic and committed apprentices who have already started to integrate into the team. They are adapting well within their roles, and making excellent progress in the apprenticeship programmes.
“It has identified our needs and selected specific training programmes, which overall will benefit the apprentices and MRCT long-term.”
The apprenticeship scheme allows learners to gain valuable industry experience, and build on their skills while in a live working environment. MRCT has taken on three apprentices with the help of NECC.
Gale added: “We are completely committed to apprenticeships. We don’t want apprentices to be apprentices, we want them to develop and long-term be part of organisation.”
NECC head of training operations Andrew Robson added: “It’s refreshing to see such a large, global-scale company so committed to the training agenda, and taking on high-quality apprentices.
“The North East boasts some of the best parts of the UK economy and we’re fortunate to have such dedicated and successful businesses blazing a trail in the process, manufacturing and engineering sectors.”
The apprentice schemes allow motivated learners to be moulded to meet the needs of the individual business. Learners gain first-hand industry experience from employers.
Recent research suggests that more than 8,500 skilled people across the North East will be retiring from the sector before 2016, which means a considerable danger is being posed to industry, with many companies reaching full capacity in their ability to recruit and deliver.
NECC and their partners are actively encouraging larger companies to pass on this message to suppliers that do not actively encourage skills development within their organisation.
Apprenticeships are a positive alternative to further education and higher education – but graduates should realise that there are lucrative long-term career opportunities in the manufacturing sector in particular.