Finding great talent in the unlikeliest of places

There are only so many hours in the day when running a business. 

And how you prioritise that time can help or hinder your company’s growth.

Some businesses decide that investing time and resources into work experience is not worth it; you give a lot and do not always get much in return. 

But our recent experience offering some young engineering apprentices from Coleg Cambria a few days of work experience led to some pleasantly positive outcomes for our company. It has left us a strong advocate of providing work experience opportunities in your business. 

What is Coleg Cambria?

Coleg Cambria is a leading UK education provider, operating over five sites and offering a mix of part-time and full-time A Levels, GCSE, BTECs, Welsh language courses, and Higher Education courses. The college partners with over 1,000 local employers, delivering a range of apprenticeships and traineeship opportunities.

Their Problem

We have worked in partnership with Coleg Cambria for several years now. We run two in-house apprenticeship schemes – NDT Renewables Apprenticeship Programme and NDT Group Apprenticeship Programme – through Skills UK.  When we advertise and then interview for these apprenticeship positions, we have found that candidates who are enrolled on the engineering courses at the college come well-prepared for the interview and have gained a good grounding in basic engineering principles that they can then bring to potential new employers. 

As we had a longstanding relationship, the college recently reached out to us asking is we could support some apprentice engineers by offering them a week’s work experience 3-4 times per year. Pupils are required to have regular work experience as part of their course program, and finding spots for all pupils can be difficult, especially finding different places for them to attend. 

Our Solution 

Part of our identity as a Deeside-based company is a strong conviction to provide opportunities for our local community. As such, we were more than happy to support Coleg Cambria and offer work experience opportunities to pupils from the college.

The Result

Some companies may baulk at the idea of dedicating precious resources, such as time and personnel, to provide meaningful work experience for young people. But, our sacrifice had a surprisingly positive outcome for us, not just Coleg Cambria. 

The college is thrilled that they have another employer in the area they can rely on to help support their engineering apprentices. Here’s what they had to say about the whole experience:

“Our work experience programme relies heavily on support from local employers. We are very lucky that NDT Group Ltd has been able to support 6 students for work experience weeks this year so far.

This has helped learners develop their skills and given them a glimpse into what working within the Engineering sector is like.

NDT has also been available to attend our student-facing events to discuss careers in Engineering and offer advice to students.

Through NDT’s continued engagement with Cambria; they have recruited an Engineering Apprentice, who will be embarking on his apprenticeship from September.

Their support has been invaluable and we are excited for this to continue in the future.”

And we gained a prospective talented employee. One of the pupils attending work experience with us impressed us so much we have offered him a full-time job with us when he finishes his college course. This is what they had to say:

“Overall, my time at NDT Group was an invaluable learning experience. I gained a solid foundation in NDT methods and techniques, and I developed a strong appreciation for the importance of safety and quality in the field. I would highly recommend NDT Group to anyone looking to gain practical experience in NDT testing”

We know that hiring the best talent is one of the ways that our business will grow, and we are delighted that committing a few resources has resulted in a future NDT technician.

Overall, my time at NDT Group was an invaluable learning experience. I gained a solid foundation in NDT methods and techniques, and I developed a strong appreciation for the importance of safety and quality in the field. I would highly recommend NDT Group to anyone looking to gain practical experience in NDT testing

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