MPs underline how vital engineering is to the area
JUST REWARDS: Gregory Mell and Joe Smith with their awards, flanked by Nic Dakin, left, and Iain Elliott and Melanie Onn, right.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 6 Dec 2017
SOUTH Bank MPs promoted the opportunities for young people to pursue careers in engineering as they joined a leading training provider for its annual awards.
Grimsby’s Melanie Onn and Scunthorpe’s Nic Dakin drew on the first-hand experience of their visits to Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) to praise the achievements of the company, its apprentices and its partner employers.
Ms Onn recalled her visit to Catch, Stallingborough, where Heta is one provider, and highlighted its status as a venue for the engineering heats in the Worldskills challenge.
She said: “It is fantastic to have an established and respected training provider like HETA on our doorstep. Young people, boys and girls, are more aware than ever of the importance of their education and the need to get the right skills and training to prepare them for the world of work.
“HETA gives them the chance to qualify in their chosen field while earning at the same time. Many young people are worried about incurring high levels of student debt if they decide to go to university. Opting for an apprenticeship is a way of getting the qualifications, with real-life work experience and without stacking up the debt.
“Through having excellent relationships across business, HETA helps to open up all those engineering opportunities that exist in the local area in the petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, food processing, port operations and offshore wind industries.”
Mr Dakin, who has visited HETA’s own Foxhills site at Scunthorpe, added: “I was very impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the apprentices I met. The recruitment and training of young engineers is crucial to the future of UK industry, particularly to our area, which has a proud history of engineering through steel and ports and is on the crest of an exciting future as the Energy Estuary where these skills will be equally important.”
Malcolm Joslin, chair of the HETA Trustees, congratulated the apprentices on completing their first year with the organisation and urged them to spread the word about opportunities in engineering.
He said: “Please tell others about the benefits and opportunities that apprenticeships can provide. HETA works very hard with schools and colleges but it is important that young people get a clear picture of all possible options, and family and friends can help with that.”
Scunthorpe award winners
Most Improved Electrical: Laura Codlin.
Overall Electrical: Harry Wall.
Most Improved Mechanical: William Slowen.
Overall Mechanical: Luke Grundy.
Most Improved Machining: Justin Pargeter.
Overall Machining: Marley Palmer.
Overall Apprentice: Gregory Mell.
Excellence in Health & Safety: Lewis Hirst.
Stallingborough award winners
Most Improved Electrical: Gregg Cook.
Overall Electrical: Daniel Cook.
Most Improved Mechanical: Callum Teanby.
Overall Mechanical: Benjamin Palmer.
Most Improved Wind Turbine: Callum Ely.
Overall Wind Turbine: Jack Kershaw.
Most Improved Fabrication: George Patchett.
Overall Fabrication: Christopher Hodge.
Most Improved Instrumentation: Connor Rymell-Tuff.
Overall Instrumentation: Joshua Plaskitt.
Overall Apprentice: Matthew Dale.
Excellence in Health & Safety: Oliver Franklin.
Additional recognition awards
Outstanding Achievement Award: Joe Smith.
IMechE Award of Excellence: Gregory Mell.
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