Our engineering department has an excellent reputation for providing high class teaching using state-of-the-art facilities.
Most of our lecturers have worked in industry, bringing with them years of experience. What’s more, we work closely with universities and local employers to make sure that our courses are up-to-date and relevant.
Newcastle-under-Lyme College is the only college in Staffordshire to have a virtual welding machine, allowing students from across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire the opportunity to use industry standard equipment and machinery in a safe working environment.
Guests from companies such as Orbital Gas Systems, Dunelm Supplies, Steelite and JWA Components heard how NULC offers training, qualifications, apprenticeships and recruitment to employers. The companies visited our engineering laboratory to see the 3D laser printer and laser cutter in action and our £6 million Skills and Technology Centre to see engineering students operating milling machines and lathes and apprentices training on our virtual welding machine.
Naomi Ledgar of Orbital Gas Systems whose company works with NULC to train its apprentices said: "Future talent is always hard to recruit. We have great communications with the college and our apprentices come out the other end with real skills and real experience. They are the people who will take the company forward in the future."
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Three NULC apprentices were recognised for their achievement in the run up to National Apprenticeships Week which started on 9th March. A total of 13 awards were presented at a ceremony in front of employers at the Kingston Centre in Stafford.
Dean Reddin, 22, of Caverswall who attended Rodbaston College, was nominated by his employer JCB. He is studying for a Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at NULC.
Dean has worked for JCB since August 2011 and has had 100% attendance and never been late for work in the last three and a half years. His performance was deemed outstanding as he'd made improvements to wire harnessing in one product which saved time and money, was a great JCB ambassador with customers and was trusted to write service help pages for a new model.
Kate Broome, Technical Excellence – Apprentice Advisor at JCB said: "Dean has always shown a great commitment to JCB Landpower and his apprenticeship. He continually puts in extra. He is an impressive role model to others in the team."
Mike Jones, 30, of Normacot was awarded a Level 3 certificate in Providing Financial Services at NULC. He has worked for Ageas Retail Partnerships of Trentham Lakes for eight years and has recently been appointed to a managerial role.
Said Mike's apprentice assessor Penny Bickley: "Mike has specifically helped with the retention of customers by offering first class service and leading the way with his approach. His product knowledge is second to none, aided by his ongoing endeavour to gain his insurance qualifications."
Mitchell Hill, 18, of Hanford, photographed above, who previously attended Trentham High School, works for Transairvac International of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Mitchell is studying for a Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering. His award nomination highlighted that he took responsibility for designing and fitting the racking for his company's new warehouse.
Said his tutor Colin Alaimo: "Mitchell works well in a team and can also be trusted to work on his own. He has also suggested different ways of doing some work processes which shows he's growing in confidence and becoming a good asset to his company."
Young people wanting to find out more about apprenticeships can visit the College's 12th March open day between 5:30 and 8pm and chat with leading employers about training, support and vacancies. To register in advance please go to: www.nulc.ac.uk/events.
Said NULC's head of employer training Vicky Boulton-Clarke: "The College has outstanding apprenticeship success rates, with results generally 10% higher than the national average. I am delighted our apprentices - and effectively their far-sighted employers - have been recognised among the best in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent."
NULC took 120 students from level 3 courses in health and social care, IT and engineering to take part in a national initiative the Splash programme which is ran by Working Knowledge.
During the day students worked on their employability skills meeting with local employers and taking part in workshops and employer carousels.
The event covered topics including business idea ,operational, sales, marketing and finance. As well as local business experts providing students will a ‘real-world’ perspective on the business environment.
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