Last Updated: Monday, May 14, 2018

Engineering pre-apprenticeships available in Scunthorpe and Stallingborough

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) are working in partnership with North Lindsey College to offer students the opportunity to pursue a career within the Engineering Construction Industry.

Applications are open for the Introduction to Engineering Construction (ITEC) Programme, this one year course starting in September 2018 gives people the relevant skills, knowledge and health and safety awareness required to prepare them for working in the engineering construction sector.


“This is an excellent opportunity for those students who are currently studying for or in the process of applying for an Engineering qualification and are looking for an opportunity to secure an Apprenticeship or full-time employment within the engineering sector,” says Martin Eatough, ECITB Head of Apprenticeships.


“The programme will allow them to achieve all of the year one components of a formal Apprenticeship and, on completion of the programme, make them very attractive to potential employers.


Places are limited so those interested need to apply directly to North Lindsey College and can opt to complete the course either at British Steel in Scunthorpe or CATCH in Stallingborough. 


The course would suit people who are considering A Levels or aspire to move into engineering, or those individuals with a strong interest in engineering and a desire to progress to an advanced or higher apprenticeship. 


“You will be learning alongside apprentices in companies such as British Steel, Jacobs and East Midlands Instrumentation,” says Bob Padley is North Lindsey College’s Head of Engineering. 


“You will learn alongside them doing the exact same qualification, the exact same courses, in the exact same amount of time. During that time, we will also be working with you to hone your employability skills and to market you to other employers in the area so that you can progress to complete an apprenticeship with an employer.”


Employment & Skills Manager at CATCH, Sabine Holmes says the course will enable students to gain an insight into a wide range of potential employers. “CATCH has a membership of 400+ companies, including the major Humber Bank process industries and their engineering supply chains, as well as the emerging operations and maintenance companies working within the renewables sector.  CATCH facilitates 10 industrial networks for their members and has therefore plenty of opportunities to engage with business.”


 “It’s learning for industry, in industry, in an industrial environment,” adds Bob.


“The Humber industries are in desperate need of engineers, engineering support services, project managers, fitters and contractors,” says Sabine. “Major maintenance projects are planned for future years, which will require thousands of additional labour to support the process industries in our region.  It makes sense to look at local talent and support people with the right aspirations to give them better employability skills so they can have real chances of obtaining employment locally.  After completion of the ITEC programme the candidates are able to apply for jobs with engineering contracting companies, any engineering, process, manufacturing (including food), chemicals, oil and gas related work activities.”


James McIntosh, Head of CATCH Skills, “One of the key drivers for the business is to help industry bridge the skills gap and prepare young people with the relevant skills and experience. The programme itself will be delivered in a brand new training centre, whilst also allowing the learners the opportunity to gain practical skills on the process plant and tank farm, giving them vital industry standard experiences. The purpose of CATCH is to enable collaboration led by industry so I am delighted that we are working with North Lindsey College and the ECITB to provide these young learners with the skills, experiences and behaviours as they start their journey in engineering.”


If you’re interested in the programme contact North Lindsey College on 01724 281111 or apply online via