Record breaking year for college recruits

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NEW ENGINEERING recruits at Angus College are set to be part of a record-breaking year for the college’s engineering department.

Reports show that not only are numbers at an all time high, but the range of courses being offered has also reached a new peak.

Hundreds of students have enrolled recently in engineering courses ranging from those at intro level right up to a new HND level qualification which has become the latest addition to the college’s portfolio.

Director of learning and teaching Kevin Murphy said: “The HND in engineering systems is an exciting addition to the range of courses we offer and has been well subscribed thanks in part to the high demand for this type of qualification.

“The college works hard to meet the needs of the engineering sector and during this period of growth and we work directly with many multinational companies to ensure that we are providing the right programmes.

“This year we have 133 apprentices enrolled on our SVQ design and draughting from companies including Wood Group PSN, Amec, Petrofac and Aker to name a few.

“Furthermore thanks to the college embracing an innovative work based model of online portfolios we are able to deliver this course to candidates across the country and even globally.”

Candidates from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Hull are currently undertaking the design and draughting SVQ through the college and in previous years, apprentices have been based as far away as Russia whilst continuing their studies through Angus College.

Closer to home the college has also taken on a record number of craft apprentices with 53 candidates currently undertaking the qualification whilst working with local companies.

At the other end of the spectrum the engineering department continues to work closely with local schools to encourage youngsters into the industry through the skills for work programme.

Mr Murphy added: “The skills for work engineering options are very well subscribed with school aged pupils keen to study welding, electrical, manufacture and mechanical fitting specialities.

“This provides a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to get a taster of engineering and we often see many individuals returning to the college following their skills for work experience.

“In these uncertain times it is fantastic to be able to report such healthy numbers across these courses.

“We feel it has been of utmost importance to listen and respond to the training requirements of engineering companies both large and small and from recent feedback we are delivering top class results for students and employers.”