Earlier this year, Oaklands College joined forces with the Building Research Establishment Group (BRE) to create six unique and exciting apprenticeship opportunities.
The new partnership was created to offer the first Lab Technician Apprenticeships in the region, giving apprentices the opportunity to learn about fire resistance, detection and suppression as well as gain experience in the use of materials, test instruments, climatic and environmental testing, research and best practice fire safety engineering principles.
Now two months into their Apprenticeship the six students, who attend the College one day a week to complete their academic work, were visited by Minister for Business and Enterprise, MP Mark Prisk and Watford MP Richard Harrington, to inaugurate the full launch of the scheme to apprentices in the region.
BRE wanted to make sure the scheme added value to their business, whilst supporting the local economy by offering Apprenticeship opportunities for local young people.
Jamie Stevenson, Director of Apprenticeships & Business Partnerships commented: “This is a fantastic chance for young people to learn new skills on the job, with the opportunity of progressing with an internationally renowned organisation.”
Tara Bishop, Recruitment Advisor for BRE commented: “This is our first time taking on Apprentices and we are really excited about the opportunity of recruiting young people with our organisation, making the scheme a success to enable us to recruit Apprentices year-on-year.”
The College would like to congratulate the Apprentices still with BRE: Jack Townsend; Simon Eastaugh; Christopher Baker; Alexander Blake; and James Tattersall.