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Barrier Ex recruits apprentices through Newcastle College partnership

Posted on 28 May 2019

Barrier Ex recruits apprentices through Newcastle College partnership

The college's Energy Academy is working with firms to deliver ‘work-ready’ students for engineering and manufacturing industries

An industrial specialist has teamed up with Newcastle College as part of moves to train up students for the engineering and manufacturing industries.

Hazardous area specialist Barrier Ex Ltd – winner of the newcomer of the year award at the Northumberland and Tyneside Awards – has announced a partnership with the college in a bid to deliver work-ready students into sectors with emerging skills gaps.

The Wallsend firm has grown to become a leading player in the industry for commercial and industrial LED lighting, trackside electrical engineering solutions and hazardous area products, working with the likes of SSE, BAE, Network Rail and Npower.

Now the firm has become the first Silver Employee Partner of the college’s Energy Academy, also based in Wallsend, and it will also recruit three apprentices, making appointments from the student pool following an interview process.

As part of the partnership, Barrier Ex Ltd will also collaborate with the academy to help create a more vocational approach to training for the sector.

The Energy Academy is focussed on creating an employer-led approach to delivering higher education and skills training in North Tyneside, which also involves identifying and responding to areas of skill shortages.

As part of partnership Barrier Ex staff will regularly visit the academy to speak to students and pass on their skills and knowledge.

The Energy Academy lies at the heart of the region’s subsea industry, and is a centre of innovation, training and a provider of further and higher education for the region’s energy sector.

It is positioning itself to play a major role in the offshore wind sector, following the recent Government wind energy sector deal announcement.

Offshore wind is expected to provide a third of the UK’s electricity needs by 2030, presenting major opportunities for the region’s sector-leading supply chain.

Steven Lee, managing director of Barrier Ex Ltd, said: “As a local company, we are keen to give something back to the area. By working closely with the Energy Academy, together we can uncover those talented engineers of the future who will play a pivotal role in this region’s future prosperity.”

Alan Goundry, Head of the Energy Academy, said: “We want to collaborate with industry to tailor higher education and training to meet its changing needs and emerging skills gaps.

“The apprenticeships on offer through our partnership with Barrier Ex are a fantastic example of how we can do this – by developing bespoke models of training to meet specific needs of industry.

“Our Employer Partnership initiative will allow us to further develop this inclusive approach and we are delighted that Barrier Ex is the first official Silver Employer Partner.

“Its support reflects our commitment to engaging with local employers to increase the quality and effectiveness of training we offer, which will ensure students and apprentices receive a quality vocational experience while businesses receive people with the right work-ready qualifications tailored to their needs.”

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