An Engineering Apprenticeship programme at Shrewsbury Colleges Group has been professionally recognised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The professional body which regulates the industry has rubber stamped the Level 3 (A Level equivalent) apprenticeship programme, which the College has spent the last 2 years attaining.

Andrew Lee, Curriculum Leader for Engineering and Director of Employer Engagement at SCG, said: “It’s a very difficult and lengthy application process to get this validation from IMechE.

“We have had to prove the quality of this apprenticeship scheme, providing evidence that the colleges engages with a company and follows the apprentice through the journey to completion of their apprenticeship.

“This showcases the new apprenticeship standard the college has been offering for the last 5 years. The quality of our engineering apprenticeships is further validated by the fact that our apprentices won gold, silver and bronze awards at the UK round of the WorldSkills competition for the past two years and seven of our apprentices have been selected to represent the UK at the next WorldSkills event.

“All the apprentices who complete can now gain recognition for further advancement in the sector as a member of IMechE.”

SCG currently works with engineering apprentices from companies including Belvidere Lifts, Forest Transport, Encompass, Ricoh, Caterpillar and more.

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