- 04/07/12 - Full Steam Ahead for Strode Engineering Students
A group of 16 year olds from local schools steamed towards the finish line of their Level 2 Engineering Young Apprenticeship at Strode College with the completion of their final project - small but perfectly formed steam engines.
The ten students also attend Ansford Academy, Crispin School, Whitstone School, Sexey's School and Frome Community College. They have been studying at Strode College one day a week for two years as part of a national initiative that allows school learners aged 14-16 to develop practical work-related skills outside of school.
The Level 2 Engineering course is equivalent to five GCSEs at grade A* to C. It taught the students about electronics, turning, computer aided design, general engineering principals and workshop practice, and it included 50 days work experience.
Ashley Massey, who completed the course at Strode and also attends Frome Community College, said: "The course has been really good. I've learnt some useful skills and it has given me plenty of hands-on experience which is great because I learn more from practical work-based learning than in the classroom. I've got a job at Fresh Look Engineering in Frome where I did my work experience during the course. I've already started work as a fabricator and welder and plan to do a Level 3 apprenticeship in welding and fabricating."
Jean Howard, Strode College's Curriculum Manager 14-16, said: "The Young Apprenticeship programme has enabled students to achieve a hands-on practical NVQ Level 2 in Engineering along with their core GCSEs and 50 days work experience. It has been a real success story for the whole group with students progressing to employment in engineering as apprentices, infantry training with the Army, to Engineering Level 3 course at Strode College and to hairdressing. Strode College has been running successful 14-16 programmes for the last 10 years and we will continue to do so, although the Government has discontinued the Young Apprenticeship programme."