This month, NCFE held a graduation for its ‘Rising Stars’, which included three apprentices who were on placement at North East engineering company, British Engines.

The graduation event was held as a celebration of the journey the apprentices have been on, and to thank them for their contributions to the businesses in which they have worked.

Ben McQuade, Ryan Richardson and James Hutton, who were on placement at British Engines, received their certificates in front of friends and family to mark the successful completion of the programme.

As well as gaining excellent results in their academic work, with Ben gaining distinctions in all the technical modules, the three apprentices have provided great support on projects during their work based learning.

The Rising Stars programme was designed to give local teens the opportunity to develop their technical IT skills and gain relevant, practical work experience. The programme saw a group of young learners take part in a 15 week ‘boot camp’, consisting of academic learning, shadowing and observing, along with other practical work experience and project work.

The Rising Stars training programme began in September 2014, when NCFE launched the NCFE Academy to address the IT skills shortage identified across the north east.