Sandvik Coromant has welcomed two technician apprentices, Ninetta Cataldo and Harrison Waters, to a four-year technician trainee apprenticeship program that includes a 12 months 'off the job' training course offered through the EEF Technology Centre, followed by a three-year 'on the job training' program at Sandvik Coromant in Halesowen, UK. Both have completed year one with the EEF, so both Ninetta and Harrison will be awarded an NVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO). This will be followed by a two-year in-house technical and commercial training programme at Sandvik Coromant, coupled with further coursework at the EEF, leading towards a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering. In their graduating year, both will study towards a foundation degree and receive specialist training in a department of their choice at Sandvik Coromant. Sandvik also recruited Camille Sandaldjan, as a graduate trainee, who is currently studying towards a MEng (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering with Management in Manchester (year two of four). Fluent in several languages, including French and German, she was awarded the Richard Trevithick Scholarship for best aerospace student and will join Sandvik Coromant this month and in August on project-based work assignments. This will also include an MA sponsorship for the last two years of her course. "Recruiting young skilled specialized engineers is not always easy and we are pleased to be working with the EEF Technology & Skills Centre," said Robert Bloomfield, HR manager, Sandvik Coromant. "Offering these training schemes will help to increase the talent pool and provide a unique well-rounded training, in-depth knowledge and practical knowhow to people who wish to pursue a career in engineering. "In a time where university costs are rising, with sometimes little prospect of a job after graduation, we believe this combination of vocational training and learning is a practical alternative for students in their late teens, giving them realistic money earning capabilities and a future." Sandvik Coromant is planning to offer further apprentice positions during the coming years. Image: left to right - Ninetta Cataldo, Harrison Walters, Camille Sandaldjan