Building the next generation of engineers

5th February 2020

At Cleveland Bridge, inspiring successive generations of bridge-builders is woven into our history – apprentices are as much a part of our heritage as the Tyne Bridge.

Our award-winning apprenticeship programme, which has been recognised at both regional and national level, is highly-respected within the industry, having produced some highly-talented and skilled individuals.

Each year, we take on up to ten trainees, all working towards NVQ Level 3 and 4 qualifications in a range of disciplines while gaining that all-important workplace experience.

HR Advisor Jayne Dover said: “Our apprentices bring a fresh approach and a positive attitude into the workplace.

“Through an apprenticeship they are showing they have a passion for learning and can bring new ideas to the company, challenging themselves to make sure they get the most out of the scheme.”

Our most recent cohort of apprentices have settled well into their roles throughout the business and have already began forging a great career for themselves. Among our latest intake are apprentices training in business administration, HR support, ICT, Steel Fabrication and Maintenance.

Maintenance Apprentice Daniel Boyes explains what he enjoys most about his apprenticeship here at Cleveland Bridge: “Every day is different. We look after all the machines around the factory, including the cranes, so one day I’m doing electrical and the next mechanical. I’m also part of a great team, everyone is so supportive as I learn new skills.”

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we also reached out to a number of our previous apprentices who have gone on to have very successful careers.

For example Owen Evans started as a 21-year-old apprentice engineer with us in 1958, spending his entire career at Cleveland Bridge before retiring as a General Manager in 2000.

Owen is a real advocate for our apprenticeship programme, stating: “my apprenticeship taught me to respect the immense skill of the tradesmen, technicians and engineers, and to always listen to advice – something which still applies to my life today.

“My advice to all apprentices would be to work hard and never be afraid to ask questions, but above all to enjoy it and have fun.”

Here at Cleveland Bridge, our training doesn’t stop at apprenticeships, we’re committed to supporting all our team in lifelong learning.

Jayne explains: “We provide study opportunities for each of our employees to further their academic qualifications, encouraging all staff to aim higher to achieve chartered or professionally-certified status.

“This approach helps us create the right workplace culture in which all teams feel valued, respected, empowered and inspired.”

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