Normand and Thomson partner up with FVC and ECITB

Normand and Thomson partner up with FVC and ECITB
Some of the Normand and Thomson MAs

Forth Valley College has won a tender to take on eleven new Modern Apprentices in engineering construction at short notice following the closure of a training organisation in Grangemouth.

Pipework engineering specialist company Normand & Thomson called on support from the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), who also fund the apprentices, to help find a new training provider after MetTECH went out of business after 53 years of trading.

The 11 Engineering Construction apprentices all completed their induction process recently with FVC Business Development Partners Gillian Ormond and Lorraine Kerr, who were delighted to make the announcement official during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2022. This marks the beginning of their enrolment phase for Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the ECITB Awarding Body.

Kristian Keenan, Health Safety Environment and Quality Manager at Normand and Thomson, said: “We are thrilled to have partnered up with Forth Valley College. Our apprentices will be completing their Scotland Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering Construction SCQF Level 6/7 Pipefitting. The varied programme will include hands on industry work, facility visits and ongoing projects. We are looking forward to working together.”

Gillian Ormond, FVC Business Development Partner, added: “This is absolutely great news and we are delighted to be working with such a well-respected firm as Normand and Thomson, and helping to train their next generation of engineers.”

Paul Hynd, ECITB Account Manager, said: “This is a good outcome for the apprentices. I’m pleased we have been able to facilitate and support the company to find a new training provider in FVC which can offer the apprenticeship frameworks to meet their needs.

“It has been a great example of how the ECITB can enable stakeholder to work together and find the right solution, meaning these learners can continue on their apprenticeships with the minimum of disruption.”

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