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Pembrokeshire College engineering apprenticeships offer a theoretical and practical framework that is championed by businesses at home and overseas. CEO of global industrial brand – PSM International, and a former apprentice himself, Paul DeMand, said after a recent visit to his UK site in Pembroke –
“Apprentice programs give PSM International and the communities where we operate the advantage to attract, train, develop, permanently hire, promote and retain the very best talent in all areas of our technical business. Our aim is to drive for excellence and win in the right way with the best people, processes and performance globally!” Paul DeMand, CEO of PSM International.
The College is building a reputation for offering quality provision and assessment methods that are helping to build skilled engineers, technicians, operatives and tool-makers for the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Smart businesses understand the long-term benefits of an apprenticeship scheme and students recognise that they don’t need to go to university to build a professional career. Engineering opportunities are in abundance and are diverse in range as the sector innovates with new technologies. Today, engineering is a lucrative and stimulating profession, females in particular are being actively encouraged by global companies to venture into the sector.
One example of best practice and apprenticeship success comes directly from PSM International – the Pembroke based site where parts for the premium electric car company TESLA are made! Apprentices are involved in the production of automotive fastening solutions for this high profile American car brand and other innovative projects within the renewable energy, household electronics and medical sectors.
College lecturer Will Bateman, who is working with PSM apprentices said. “PSM is a great example of how a successful apprenticeship programme should work. PSM have dedicated mentors in Matt Phillips and Callum Morgan, both former apprentices, working with the new apprentices. They have worked tirelessly in selecting training plans whilst sharing best practice with Pembrokeshire College.”
The current apprenticeship cohort at PSM include higher apprentices, those who have progressed to degree level and new, high performing apprentices who has have recently completed their Level 3 Extended Diplomas with straight Distinctions. Moreover, all apprentices, regardless of level, are benefitting from a worldwide market leader in the design, production and distribution of special engineered fasteners and also from one of Wales’ most successful further education Colleges – Pembrokeshire College.