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Electronics firm seeks apprentices

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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AN electronics test company in Bideford is tapping into the enthusiasm of its young apprentices in order to grow.

With six electronic engineering and two sales and administration apprentices, ETC is now recruiting a further three electronic engineering apprentices.

The apprentices are taught how to take accurate electronic calibration measurements on a wide range of equipment as well as learning about electromagnetic compatibility testing on new and prototype equipment. Candidates should be enthusiastic and eager to learn in a work-based environment.

Alison Sussex, ETC quality and administration manager, said: "We look for school leavers who have an enthusiasm for electronics and have good Maths and Science results.

"The students need at least five GCSEs at grade B or above including mathematics and a science, or good A2 results.

"The company pays the apprentice a full wage for their day at college. Those more advanced apprentices who go on to study correspondence HND courses get paid study leave."

The electronic engineering apprentices are all trained through Group Training and Development (GTD), while Petroc provides the training for the sales and administration apprentices. As the company is UKAS ISO/IEC 17025 and BS EN ISO 9001 accredited, as an integral part of their training, the apprentices learn about quality standards and following procedures.

The electronic engineering apprentices attend college one day a week. A trainer from GTD visits ETC regularly and meets the apprentices to monitor and ensure progress is being made continuously, and assesses their evidence-based assignments.

GTD also monitors their welfare and ensures that they are coping with their work and college.

Joseph Baker, a third year apprentice, said: "I'm really enjoying my apprenticeship. It is hard work but I manage to combine my study time and social life very well."

The sales and administration apprentices trained by Petroc also receive visits from a tutor at ETC. The tutor carries out a short teaching session, sets assignments and then observes the apprentice in their working environment.

The tutor also ensures the apprentices are coping with the work and making progress with their studies.

Meet ETC and find out about its apprenticeship vacancies at the Apprentice Showcase in Barnstaple today.

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