Chosen one for starters

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A BILLINGHAM training group has been chosen as one of the providers of an apprenticeship programme.

NETA has been picked for the three-year scheme to run the Sembcorp Skills Development Apprenticeship.

The move, which followed a rigorous selection process, means 100 people aged 16-18 - mostly not previously in employment, education or training - will get to gain the skills that could earn them lucrative careers with process industry firms.

Sembcorp senior vice president in HR George Ritchie said: “I congratulate all three, but the hard work for them really starts here.

“This training will need to be delivered to the standards and timescales of industry and that will mean operating radically differently in some cases.”

The NETA Training Group has workshop training facilities in Billingham and Stockton. Chief executive Frank Ramsay said he was “immensely proud to be chosen to be a part of the SSDP initiative.”

Employers already signed up to support SSDP include Lucite International and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies at Billingham, Fine Organics and Epax Pharma at Seal Sands and Exwold Technology and Huntsman Tioxide at Greatham.

Sembcorp Utilities UK is a leading industrial energy, utilities and services provider based in the Tees Valley.