Independent health and safety, environmental and risk management consultancy Airborne Environmental Consultants (AEC), has more than two decades’ experience in ensuring the safety of sites, staff and customers.
The organisation is a leading UK training provider offering world-class training services, leading the way for course delivery and providing the marketplace with qualified and competent employees. It offers a wide range of accredited open courses, e-learning courses across a broad range of specialisms and bespoke group training tailored to the requirements of individual business.
Global hygiene and health company Essity is a leading manufacturer of one-use products. It’s six manufacturing sites in the UK produce tissue paper, nappies, feminine care products and incontinence products.
As a well-established employer of 400 people, Essity’s flagship site in Prudhoe, Northumberland, manufactures well-known brands such as Velvet, Cushelle, Tork and own brand label products for UK customers like Asda.
In order to build upon its 50-year history as a leading employer in the North East, the company enlisted the help of specialist awarding organisation EAL to deliver a £200,000 on-site education centre to teach engineering and manufacturing qualifications in-line with the Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard.
Clare Stewart, Human Resources Manager, explained: “Back at the beginning of the year, we had a conversation, my team and I, about how difficult it would be to become an Employer Provider or how we could launch our own academy and look at a way of really bringing everything in house. Given the numbers that we talk about going through apprenticeships for this site, it seemed like a viable option, although a difficult one, a viable one.”
At the beginning of last year, the team at Essity’s Prudhoe site took the leap of faith to become the first Employer Provider in the North East.
As the leading engineering training provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, HETA provides specialist training for young people looking to join the engineering industry, whilst also delivering a variety of industry standard courses designed to transform workforces.
Those courses are delivered in partnership with EAL, helping to ensure a ready-made pipeline of talent is available to employers looking to bolster their workforce.
A first-choice vendor to a global customer base supplying safety critical parts to the nuclear, petrochemical and aerospace markets – Swiftool Precision Engineering wants to be recognised as the UK’s foremost precision engineering provider and provider of innovative engineering machining solutions across the 21st century supply chain.
Based in Mansfield - an area of extremely low social mobility, educational attainment and economic growth – the company has found it ever more challenging to achieve those ambitions and is looking to provide innovative ways of fuelling talent to continue to provide services to the MOD's next generation nuclear defence programme.
The National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) is delivering gold standard training thanks to its partnership with EAL. EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry, now certificates and validates 39 courses at NTAR through its accreditation services, with a suite of qualifications covering traction and rolling stock and maintenance.
Talented engineer Joanne Sharples has seen her career take off, landing a prestigious engineering award on the way, thanks to her grandad’s enthusiasm for aviation, a high school teacher and the decision to study for a higher apprenticeship in project management.
Joanne, 25, from St Annes, Fylde, achieved her EAL Level 4 Diploma in Project Management and a Distinction in her Foundation Degree in Project Management in 2016 as part of her higher apprenticeship and had the honour of being named the UK’s Higher Apprentice of the Year at skills expert Enginuity ’s prestigious annual skills awards, which celebrate the Best of British engineering.