Ryan engineering an apprentice role

Apprentice Ryan Eadington with NaturaLight design manager, Simon Johnston.

Apprentice Ryan Eadington with NaturaLight design manager, Simon Johnston.

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A Northumberland-based roof light and structural glazing specialists distributing its products throughout the UK has recruited its first design apprentice.

NaturaLight Systems has employed Ryan Eadington, from Choppington, as a Level 3 engineering apprenticeship after he undertook a successful work trial.

Ryan, 20, will gain hands-on experience while studying for NVQ qualification.

NaturaLight Systems, based in Bedlington, uses computer aided design (CAD) to design roof lights and structural glazing products that are distributed and installed throughout the UK.

Due to increased customer demand the business has expanded its premises from one facility to three within the last year.

The company deals with a wide clientele on a national level including local authorities, schools, colleges, residential and commercial building contractors.

Ryan said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while studying for a qualification at the same time. I’m looking forward to learning CAD design skills.”

Northumberland College helped NaturaLight in its search to find a suitable apprentice and to apply for a government grant of £1,500 to help fund the apprenticeship.

Ryan is the first apprentice to be recruited for a design role.

Simon Johnston, design manager at NaturaLight, said: “We are delighted to recruit Ryan to the team.

“It is beneficial to the business to recruit young people who are eager to develop their practical skills in a work-based environment.

“We look forward to watching Ryan progress in his design work.”

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