Four Furness College students are celebrating after achieving top marks in their apprenticeships.
Fay Baron, Charlie Thompson, Levi McCarthy and Anisha Bell, who all work at Siemens Energy Subsea in Ulverston, secured distinctions in their business administration apprenticeships at Level 3.
The apprentices had to produce a portfolio of evidence to prove their competence, complete a process improvement project and deliver a presentation based on a project as well as an assessor interview and exam.
Alongside studying through day release at the college’s Channelside campus in Barrow, they have been rotated around departments at the Ulverston firm to get a broad range of experience. Currently Levi is working in project management, Fay is with bids, Charlie in planning and Anisha in delivery.
“We are all enjoying our time at Siemens Energy Subsea in Ulverston,” said Fay. “Throughout our apprenticeship we have had the chance to rotate around many departments, which has been beneficial to our learning and development and helped us understand the wider business. And we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time working with all our Subsea colleagues.”
“It is hoped we will be offered permanent positions within the business and who knows, we may even take the opportunity to go onto study further at degree level,” said Charlie.
Wendy Singleton, learning and development manager at Siemens Energy Subsea, said it was a fantastic achievement from the first group of business administration apprentices to complete the standard at the company.
“Throughout their training they have already made a significant contribution to all the departments they have worked with, and we are sure they all have a very successful future ahead of them,” she said.
Furness College’s apprenticeship recruitment and development coach Rachel Butler said the students had shown exceptional commitment to their studies and a willingness to learn.
“Not only have they achieved phenomenal grades in their apprenticeship but they have also supported each other,” she said. “They have worked hard and deserve their top marks.”
Head of Business Development at Furness College Luci Ord also congratulated the apprentices, who are among 24 apprentices from Siemens Energy Subsea studying at Channelside and also include mechanical engineering and IT.
“We are delighted at such a positive outcome,” she said. “The company has worked with us every step of the way and really understands how we can offer young people an apprenticeship that gives them the very best start by equipping them with the relevant set of skills to succeed in the workplace. We hope they now go on to our degree programmes and continue their learning journey.”
Photo caption: Clockwise from top left: Levi McCarthy, Fay Baron, Anisha Bell and Charlie Thompson.