The search is on for four new apprentices

Simon Bainbridge, site maintenance manager with Banks Mining, alongside the four hard hats that Banks are looking to fill for September.
Simon Bainbridge, site maintenance manager with Banks Mining, alongside the four hard hats that Banks are looking to fill for September.

FOUR new apprenticeships are up for grabs as a regional mining firm teams up with Northumberland College.

Banks Mining is planning to appoint three apprentice mechanics and one apprentice welder, offering on-the-job training at its Shotton and Brenkley Lane surface mines near Blagdon, alongside a two-year course at the college.

The partnership has spent two years designing the programme, which will offer qualifications up to NVQ Level Three.

Banks will also invest in making equipment available to the college, such as engines, hydraulic systems and excavator buckets.

Executive Director Gavin Styles said: “Banks is already a major employer in south east Northumberland and offering these apprenticeships is a demonstration of our continuing commitment to providing direct benefits to the area through our operations.

“A great deal of careful planning has gone into designing these apprenticeships to ensure that they help the four young people that we take on develop skills that will serve them well throughout their entire working lives, as well as enabling them to contribute to the expansion of the skills base of our workforce.”

The training will cover various topics, including a competence-based NVQ that will be assessed in the work place and appropriate numeracy, literacy and ICT support.

Northumberland College Director of Business Development and Partnerships Mark Bolton said: “We already work with a wide range of regional employers to help meet their apprenticeship and staff training needs, but the bespoke programme we have developed with Banks is a real advancement in terms of the specific development opportunities it will offer the successful candidates.

“Having the equipment that the trainees will use on site actually at the college will make a real difference to both the training that they receive and the work they’re able to produce on site.”

An open day will be held at the college’s Ashington campus on Thursday, July 26, from 10am to 3pm..

For more information contact the college on 01670 841268 or via training@northland.ac.uk