On Tuesday the 10th of March 2015, Stockport Engineering Training Association (SETA) opened its doors to the community as part of National Apprenticeship Week, to celebrate and promote apprenticeships.

It was a great success with over 100 learners, parents and employers attending. All the parents and young people who attended said that it was a very enjoyable and informative event and gave them choices to base their decision on, as to whether to continue into education or to undertake an Engineering Apprenticeship. Many were under the impression that there was not many opportunities available other than to take the educational route. Many students commented that gaining qualifications without going into debt was a big draw. SETA’s new computer suite gained a lot of attention, sparking the interest into modern Engineering design.

SETA’s Apprentices were fantastic at showing visitors around the Learning and Skills Academy and sharing their experiences. Starting an Apprenticeship is so much more than training, Apprentices are given the opportunity to take part in exciting projects, currently some of the Apprentices are building a replica tank – they are also encouraged to take part in the Chief Executives various Charity events, including SETA’s annual Santa Dash and Sponsored Walk for the Wish upon a Star Charity and the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Chief Executive -Russell Prince:

This year’s Apprenticeship Open Day which was held to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week was an astounding success. Almost 100 parents, young people and employers visited the training centre to find out more about the Apprenticeships available. The young people that attended had the opportunity to talk to current Apprentices who did a fantastic job, sharing their experiences and discussing their Apprenticeship journey. I would like to thank all the staff and Apprentices who helped to make the event a success, and a special thanks to the Lord Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Kevin Hogg and Mrs Kathleen Hogg for visiting the Learning and Skills Academy and offering encouraging words to learners and visitors alike. ”

Students and their parents were given opportunity to talk directly to Employers, who were offering Engineering Apprenticeships, and we would like extend many thanks to companies who attended the event and helped showcase the variety of opportunities within the sector: Smurfit Kappa, Brother UK, Allied Bakeries, McVitites, SB Rail, Wymbs Engineering, DELTA NEU, Jacobs Engineering, Manchester Airport PLC.

The Open Day, held at SETA’s Learning and Skills Academy in South Reddish, Stockport, was a drop-in event that gave visitors the chance to have a tour of the centre and talk with the SETA team about Engineering training and Apprenticeships; the event was part of the annual National Apprenticeship Week designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

SETA is one of the leading Engineering training providers in the North West and has been working with Apprentices since 1966 and is passionate about helping young people succeed in Engineering.

SETA Training and Advisory Services Ltd provides specialist training and consultancy services both nationally and internationally for many large multi-national companies which includes Apprenticeships, Health and Safety in the workplace, and Supervisory and Engineering Skills Development.

SETA has started its recruitment process for September 2015 intake. Please contact SETA for an Application Form by calling on 0161 480 9822 or e-mail apprenticeships@setatraining.com

If you are considering employing an Apprentice, please get in touch with our dedicated Business Development team for more information on 0161 480 9822 or email Simon Artley, our Business Development Manager at sartley@setatraining.com