Media Release: North-east training centre offers first hand experience for future engineers

Learner - Murray Smith

AN Aberdeen-based apprenticeship-training company has introduced a bespoke training course to enhance the practical knowledge of future engineers.

ITCA Training based in the city’s York Street has recently seen another learner complete the eight-week hand skills training course as part of a clients graduate scheme.

The training centre, which is one of Scotland’s largest engineering apprenticeship-training firms, was approached by ACE Winches to deliver a bespoke course in order to offer graduates practical, hands-on experience in welding, fitting and assembly, electrical, pneumatics, hydraulics and health and safety.

The company already uses ITCA for apprentice training through the Modern Apprenticeship scheme.

The hand skills course offers graduates who have already gained a degree a wider knowledge of practical skills and workshop health and safety awareness.

The graduates are rotated round all divisions of ACE Winches, in order for them to achieve a good understanding of the manufacturing process, and the challenges they could face.

HR manager for Ace Winches, Shirley Butcher, said: “The course with ITCA was designed to fit our needs and has provided the graduates with extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes in order to start their graduate programme with experience in a workshop environment.

“We are committed to developing homegrown talent, as skill shortages are of a significant concern for all engineering companies.

“Our CEO began his career  as a marine engineer apprentice and he understands the importance of apprenticeships and graduate programmes to both the business and to young people.”

Managing director for ITCA, June Jones, said: “There is definitely a skills shortage in the industry, and therefore it is vital to grow talent from within.

“The course that we organised for ACE Winches offers graduates practical knowledge and experience, to help to prepare them for their role within the oil and gas industry, proving there is demand for this type of courses.

“We hope this course highlights the importance of practical training within an organisation and will be offering this type of course to other companies within the sector.”

Murray Smith, a member of the ACE Winches graduate scheme is the latest learner to complete the course.

As a product design engineering student, he is due to graduate this summer.

Mr Smith said: “I have learnt an unbelievable amount during my time at ITCA. I have gained a higher ability of practical skills and have a better understanding of the engineering processes and the capabilities of the machinery.

“I enjoyed every department I spent time working in and highly recommend the course to other graduates.”

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