Firm to take on 180 engineering apprentices

(from left) Andy Brown, Fiona Slater and Robin Lockwood.
(from left) Andy Brown, Fiona Slater and Robin Lockwood.
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THE new boss of training firm Seta has unveiled plans to treble its engineering apprentice intake.

Robin Lockwood wants the Washington company to take on 180 apprentices a year after being appointed chief executive of the largest engineering trainer in Tyne and Wear.

The organisation plans to pump hundreds of thousands of pounds into equipment, facilities and programmes to address the lack of skilled engineers.

“Our aim is to meet the needs of engineering and manufacturing businesses in the region and ensure their apprentices are equipped with the skills needed to help them grow and develop,” he said.

“We have an outstanding team of trainers and believe our ongoing improvement programmes will build upon our reputation as the number one engineering trainer in the region.”

New Seta chairman Fiona Slater is a non-executive director of Slaters Electricals.

She said: “This is the dawning of a new era for Seta and is especially important at a time when the North East is desperately in need of good engineers.”

Board member and general manager of NOV, Andy Brown, puts eight apprentices through Seta each year,

He said: “We have used Seta for over 20 years and would urge other North East engineers – across all disciplines – to take advantage of the complete package Seta offers.”