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Congratulations to our first year apprentices who recently finished off their initial training by delivering a presentation night. Many of the cohort have completed an intensive multi-skilled engineering programme at Waterside, covering practical mechanical skills (benchfitting, turning, basic welding etc.) and industrial electrical control (including wiring automation circuits, PLC programming and inverter drive setup)  The cohort also includes science apprentices who have been working at their employers already, getting to grips with practical laboratory based work.  All the apprentices have enjoyed time together on personal development training, including a week long residential course near the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire.

Waterside apprentices delivering presentation

The apprentices worked as a team to write and deliver a presentation explaining what they had achieved in their first year. A large audience was present, including family, employer representatives and staff from Waterside and St Helens College.  The employers are a range of industrial firms from sectors such as food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and plastics manufacturing.  The apprentices were able to proudly display the outcomes of their engineering training, showing off highly crafted mechanical devices and fully commissioned drive control systems.

Waterside engineering apprenticeship training items produced

The prize for “Apprentice of the Year” went to Nick Griffiths, process manufacturing apprentice at NGF Europe, a worthy winner for demonstrating the best all round performance across both the practical and academic training.

Apprentice of the year


Waterside wishes the group well as they now continue their development on site. This will be closely guided and steered by the Waterside assessor team, who will be visiting every 4 weeks to check up on each apprentice, making sure they are progressing and gaining the right skills to a high standard.

Thanks go to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers who supported the presentation event and for promoting the value of professional engineering registration.

If you would like to know more about Waterside’s apprenticeship programmes in engineering, manufacturing and science, get in touch via the Contact Us form or call 01744 616 837.