Academy meeting employer needs
Highland employers seem happy with the quality of engineering students coming out of Nigg Skills Academy as 12 of their latest group found local employers.
Their Chairman Alastair Kennedy is delighted to be able to assist local employers get “work ready” people and said, “the energy marketplace has improved and local companies are busy. So it is pleasing to see them looking to take on apprentices in the key disciplines of fabricating and welding. We have just completed our last 16 week intensive course and these students have worked really hard to earn the opportunity to continue their training and qualifications with an apprenticeship which will see them likely to reduce their trade qualification down from four years to around two years”.
The academy based at Nigg Energy Park have their next 16 week course commencing on 20th January and these students will complete their National Certificate in Fabrication and Welding, alongside their SQA level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations. Local employers visit the academy during their training to talk to the students about their business and the opportunities their might be for them in completing the course.
“Employer visits are important to the students in letting them know there are opportunities out there for them once they finish and pass the course”, said Alastair who is pleased to be creating these opportunities for their students.
“Our course differs from the normal college course in that we start at 8am at Nigg and they clock in and clock out as they would within the workplace. Our instructors come with years of industrial experience and are able to pass on their knowledge and skills to give these students every opportunity of finding work. It is also pleasing to have both genders applying and completing the course as it shows engineering disciplines need not be male dominated as it maybe has been in the past”
Since opening in 2012, Nigg Skills Academy have supported local employers and energy industries in training some 2,000 people in various engineering disciplines, varying from their 16 week course in fabrication and welding, specific Lloyds Register welder codings and NPORS short courses. “the academy is all about giving people the best opportunities of finding good quality work and meeting the needs of employers and the wider energy industries.”