Techy Teesside students Lewis Greenan and Alex Bavin have launched careers in robotics thanks to a partnership between Middlesbrough College and an international company.
The pair impressed bosses at ULC Robotics, a leader in product development and specialist robotic services within the utilities sector maintaining London’s underground gas infrastructure.
Now they will start a three-and-a-half-year Engineering Technician Mechatronics Standard Apprenticeship programme delivered by Northern Skills Group, the apprenticeship and training arm of Middlesbrough College.
Lewis and Alex were chosen from a group of nine students studying engineering who took part in the apprenticeship selection programme – which included work placements with ULC and mentoring from ULC staff.
Graeme Cleeton, vice president of ULC’s UK operations, who is also from Middlesbrough, said: “We’re thrilled to give Lewis and Alexander the opportunity to build a career with ULC.
“They impressed us with their commitment and hard work and now they will continue to build their skills and knowledge while working on real client jobs.
“This ground breaking partnership with Northern Skills Group is about investing in skills and delivering the engineers of tomorrow.”
Students on the programme gained hands on experience with robotic technology and achieved gas certification alongside completing Level 3 BTEC qualifications at Middlesbrough College.
Karen Knights, Regional Manager at Northern Skills Group, added: “It’s great to see two of our students embarking on careers in an exciting sector thanks to this partnership.
"The Northern Skills Group team has worked closely with ULC Robotics to build a programme that meets its business objectives and builds a sustainable pipeline of skills to futureproof its workforce.
"We’re constantly working with employers across a range of sectors including automotive, logistics, engineering and advanced manufacturing.”
ULC Robotics has made a commitment to sponsor seven more students during the next academic year with a weekly payment while they complete foundation competencies and Level 3 BTEC technical certificates - Wendel Baltazar, Farooq Ahmed, James Swinnerton, Andrew McCulloch, Assun Lane, Ethan Austin and Adam Fishburn.
ULC Robotics will meet with the students to monitor their progress with a view to convert them into apprenticeships from May 2020.