Three former Whickham School pupils have joined an apprenticeship training scheme at the Gateshead-based zero-emission vehicle firm Sevcon.
Kristopher Fisher, 17, and Shaun Angus, 16, are undertaking a four-year electrical engineering apprenticeship with the company after developing an interest in the subject while at school.
Adam Lewis, 18, meanwhile, is several months into Sevcon’s one-year trainee IT Support Technician scheme, which he is already finding both challenging and interesting.
“I’ve always enjoyed software and computing and am already involved in projects across the world looking at IT infrastructure for various vehicle applications,” he said.
Sevcon, which develops controls for on and off-road hybrid and pure electric vehicles is growing rapidly and places a strong emphasis on developing its own engineering talent.
Matt Boyle, president and chief executive of the company, said: “Ensuring we have a pipeline of skilled engineers is vital to the future of our business.
“The skills situation in the North East is critical and we need to ensure we have the right people with the right abilities to match our future growth projections.”
Sevcon has also been working with several schools in the area, including Whickham School, on introducing students to engineering while they are studying for their GCSEs. The new starts were all introduced to the business by North Tyneside based not-for-profit training body TDR Training Ltd.