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Engineering - Which Career Path To Choose?
Engineers are very much in demand; it’s one of those careers that evolves as society and industry changes. Engineering is such a diverse career too, from space exploration to road haulage, from oil tankers to refrigeration plants, wind farms to power stations; engineers are pivotal to so much of what we take for granted today.
So what’s the best way to become an engineer, many people are unsure how to achieve this. For a subject such as engineering, some go to university or college whilst others move directly into industry and a hands-on work environment. Often school leavers are unsure which route offers the best career prospects and are unable to evaluate each route properly. However in the end there are places where you can enjoy the best from both worlds.
Clyde Marine Training are the largest provider of training to the maritime industry, still one of the largest and most important industries in the Britain today. The maritime industry’s take on training is fascinating, as a group many of the largest employers come together and sponsor students, or trainees, through their studies. By doing this they ensure the future of their industry in a viable way. Clyde Marine Training manages this process for most of the best known maritime organisations, many of them household names.
Clyde Marine Training place sponsored students in one of the many colleges that they are affiliated with, to study towards an engineering degree and professional qualifications. The course they follow towards an engineering degree is styled as a sponsored apprenticeship with experience gained taking part in practical training on board marine vessels, where college learning can be put into practice and students work alongside experienced engineers! This sponsorship includes payment as well as all course fees being covered, even during time spent at college, which helps engineering students avoid building up debt such as large student loans.
They work with colleges literally all across the UK, from Shetland in the north to Plymouth in the south and many points in between. If the students pass their exams they will gain qualifications from HNC level up to Foundation Degrees, as well as having spent significant periods of time working and learning directly on board their sponsor company’s ships. This combination of a sound academic record and relevant practical work experience ensures their engineering graduates are very much in demand, with over 97% of their graduates securing full-time engineering positions within 3 months of graduating.
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