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Summer Anderson and Daniel Collinson first year engineering apprentices

South West Durham Training works with many of the biggest engineering and manufacturing companies in the region. They include GSK, Hitachi Rail, Husqvarna, 3M, Cummins in Darlington, Ebac, MTE and Nifco UK in Stockton.

Apprenticeship packages and commercial programmes are tailored to the demands of these and other local employers, with training offered from Level 1 and 2 through to higher education provision at Level 4 and 5. All engineering students – both full time and apprentices – must complete a L2 NVQ course in Performing Engineering Operations for one year (Electrical and Mechanical, Fabrication and Welding, or Precision Engineering) prior to progressing on to a two year L3 Diploma in Engineering or a L3 Advanced Apprenticeship. The 33-month L3 Advanced Apprenticeship has seven pathways including CAD and drawing, precision engineering, fabrication and welding, maintenance, and technical support.

SWDT is now also offering L4 Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and L5 Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) which are also delivered over two years at our Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated training centre here on Aycliffe Business Park. These include HNCs and HNDs in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, General Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

The training provider also offers Level 1, 2 and 3 plumbing programmes for up to three days per week at our fully equipped plumbing and gas centre.

Summer Anderson and Daniel Collinson are first year engineering apprentices at global healthcare giant GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), which employs more than 1,000 people at its manufacturing site in Barnard Castle. Summer, 19, of Middlesbrough, said: “I am finding my apprenticeship to be very enjoyable. Every day is different and I feel my confidence is improving. “There is a good mixture of theory and practical on a daily basis and we are provided with any support that we need.”

Daniel Collinson, 18, of Bishop Auckland, who is completing his Level 3 BTEC qualification at SWDT as part of his multiskilled engineering apprenticeship with GSK, added: “The time I have spent at SWDT has taught me a lot of new skills, which I have developed and built on each day. I have faced many different challenges and new experiences whilst thoroughly enjoying the course.”

For more information about engineering and plumbing training opportunities visit swdt.co.uk or email admin@swdt.co.uk or call (01325) 313194

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