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Budding apprentices spend day at engineering centre

9 March 2017

Budding engineers had a chance to get a special tour of Bertrandt’s engineering centre in Dunton.

The visit took place thanks to a scheme which sees the engineering firm working with Essex County Council’s Apprenticeship Promotion and Brokerage Service, which helps businesses recruit apprentices from schools in schools in Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford.

Nine year-13 pupils who have shown an interest in automotive engineering were given a special tour of the facilities on Friday 17th February and had the chance to meet staff working at the site and talk to the current crop of apprentice engineers.

As well as learning about the career opportunities offered by Bertrandt UK, and the wider automotive engineering sector, the pupils took part in an engineering challenge working as a team to construct a load-bearing structure using just sticks, string, gum drops and their own engineering know-how.

Brendon Shaw, Bertrandt’s UK manager spoke to the pupils about the opportunities which exist for them to become apprentices with the firm, working with their customers Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.

Following the visit Mr Shaw said: “It was an amazing day. We met some great young people and hopefully we will be seeing some of them again. We plan to offer work experience placements and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities to some of these young people.”