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Express Engineering forges skills links to strengthen future

A subsea sector manufacturer has struck education partnerships to boost its workforce.

Express Engineering is working with training providers TDR and Seta.

Bosses say the move will help address a skills gap by attracting a “generation of apprentices” who will support its expansion plans.

The tie-up sees the Team Valley-based company – which aims to recruit six young engineering starters in the autumn – provide students with practical insight, work experience and guidance.

BTEC engineering students from Gateshead’s Emmanuel College were the first to visit Express Engineering’s base under the scheme.

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Stephens and Oliver Wilson, 17, said they enjoyed their visit, while 16-year-old Emily Chowdhoy added she was excited to see increasing numbers of young women in engineering.

Jessica Dobson, Express Engineering’s HR manager, said: “We need to attract new engineers willing to come into the industry.

“Skills gaps need to be filled and one effective way to do this is through apprenticeships and training.

“It’s why we are linking up with our training partners to offer students effective work experience and beneficial insight with the hope they will consider apprenticeships.

“These offer a hands-on, work-based route into a chosen career, gaining the qualifications and skills to work at Express Engineering.”