Sembcorp apprenticeship scheme gets started at Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College has been chosen to deliver the pre-apprenticeship element of the Sembcorp Skills Development Programme

Sembcorp apprentices
Sembcorp apprentices

A special six-month training scheme designed to help young people not in employment, education or training secure an apprenticeship in the process industries is underway.

Middlesbrough College has been chosen to deliver the pre-apprenticeship element of the Sembcorp Skills Development Programme (SSDP), launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable in May.

The first group of 15 young learners set to embark on the pre-apprenticeship training has been welcomed to the college by Mike Hopkins, its principal and chief executive and a total of 110 young people not currently in employment, education or training are being recruited onto the pre-apprenticeship over the next few months with the aim of getting them to a standard where they can compete on level skills terms with others for 100 SSDP advanced apprenticeships which start early in the New Year.

The SSDP advanced apprenticeship, which lasts three years, is also supported by a growing number of smaller firms in the supply chains of the process industry companies including Sembcorp, Lotte Chemical UK, SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Huntsman Polyurethanes and Aesica Pharmaceuticals in Cramlington.

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