Aspiring engineers from The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) attended the Enfield High Achievers’ Evening to encourage a new generation to take up an apprenticeship.
The four apprentices, who are employed by the engineering giant Siemens and being trained at the College, were among those present at this year’s event at Highlands School in Enfield.
The event, run by Enfield Council, celebrates the achievements of pupils from schools across the London borough and featured around 20 education providers including CONEL.
Apprentices Callum Walsh, 27, Sarah Hill, 18, James Wright 16, and Aine Harnett-Lennon, 18, spoke to pupils and parents and shared with them the benefits of an apprenticeship.
On her apprenticeship, Sarah said: “It’s great being part of such a successful company Siemens. I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship so far and learning new skills.
“My teachers have been brilliant and the facilities at CONEL are amazing. I’ve learnt so much already, and would recommend it to anyone.”
Advantages to apprenticeships include being in paid employment while you train alongside industry professional in a real work environment and having the option to continue your studies to degree level and beyond,
The apprenticeship partnership between Siemens and CONEL was launched in October this year, with the apprentices all enjoying the scheme and making great progress in their development.
The College is providing training for 17 of the company’s apprentices at its Enfield Centre, where they have access to fully-equipped workshops featuring the latest in engineering tools and equipment.
Siemens Apprentice Krishan Tailor, 19, said: “I love solving problems and learn more by doing something, which is why I chose to do an apprenticeship. I realise how lucky I am to get the opportunity of an apprenticeship with Siemens.
“Our tutors don’t just explain what the equipment or tool is for, but make sure you are using it correctly and about hazards, which is all good knowledge you can bring back to the workplace.”
Siemens is one of the UK’s leading employers with a 14,000-strong workforce in the UK. The company manufactures products, including industrial gas turbines, traffic lights, superconducting magnets for MRI scanners, high efficiency motor drives and train radios.
- Last Updated: 10 November 2016