Apprentices put to the test

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Four British Engines apprentices have been put to the test by local students, keen to get a taste of what life is like in their roles.

The visit to British Engines group company, CMP Products in Cramlington, was organised as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The 15-16-year-old students from Bede Academy took part in a round of quick-fire questions, with current apprentices from all years of the scheme.

Ross Broadbent, Harrison Cowell, Daryll Ahomet and Elliot Needham gave up their time to answer questions from the Bede Academy pupils.

Many of the students were interested in what the apprentices enjoyed most or least about the scheme and importantly, how much they were paid.

Following the question session, the students were given a tour around the CMP Products factory in Cramlington, which designs and manufactures a range of cable glands and cable cleats for a number of industries all over the world.

Alan Corner, head of sixth form at Bede Academy said: “It was a great opportunity for students to hear about apprenticeships from people who really know what they are all about. The students loved the opportunity to see round the factory, and particularly benefitted from the Q & A session with the apprentices.”

Denis Healy, business development manager at the IMechE said: “This is a great example of a leading north east engineering business opening its doors to school students.”