Construction student Michael Weston has secured a place on a high-profile Engineering apprenticeship, after networking with a major employer at one of our Careers Fairs.
The four-year apprenticeship program will combine academic studies and hands-on experience with Peel Ports, the second-largest port group in the UK.
After learning more about how they run Sheerness Port during the Careers Fair, Michael initially applied for a position as a traffic controller with their labour provider, Olivers Personnel Services.
Working alongside his Construction studies, his journey started in Engineering after he completed manual handling training.
Guided by the College’s careers advisors and Construction team, Michael looked for future career opportunities that complemented his studies, resulting in him progressing to the Ports’ Engineering department.
It was in this role that Michael was quickly identified by early career ambassador, Paul Mason, as an ideal candidate to apply for the Engineering apprenticeship program.
Following his successful application, Michael finished College in the summer and started in September 2023 at Peel Ports London Medway.
On his apprenticeship, Michael will work closely with current Engineering staff to gain hands-on experience in a variety of areas such as port infrastructure development, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and safety and compliance.
Expressing his excitement about his future, Michael said: “I am very excited to embark on this next journey with Peel Ports. Since I started work with Olivers I assisted heavily within the Engineering department, and this has opened my eyes up to future career opportunities within the engineering sector. I am really looking forward to what the Engineering Apprenticeship brings for me at Peel Ports.”
As part of Peel Ports’ ‘Enabling the Future’ initiative, they have been contributing to the educational curriculum and creating a range of opportunities for students. It is these opportunities that give students a real advantage during their time at College to set them up for the future that they want.
Michael’s success is just one example of the positive impact our industry partnerships have on our learners, as they benefit from expert skills and knowledge to help them unlock a bright future.
EKC Sheppey College looks forward to continuing its collaborative efforts with Peel Ports and Olivers Personnel Services to benefit more students like Michael in the future.
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