Derwent apprenticeship award winner

In October, Natasha Pitts of Dale Power Solutions became the winner of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Regional Apprentice of the Year in the Higher/Degree Apprentice category, and has now qualified for the national finals which will be held in London in January.  Natasha applied to GTA England member, DTA, back in 2010 and we arranged an interview for her at Dale Power and she was offered an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. She completed her Apprenticeship in a little over two years (usually a 3½ – 4 year programme) and Dale Power recognising her potential, put her on to the Higher Apprenticeship. Having completed her Higher Apprenticeship last summer, Dale Power are now sponsoring her to complete her BEng on a part-time basis at Hull University.  This is the third NAS Regional Award Natasha has won (she was also a National Runner up at Advanced level) and we wish her well for the finals in London.  Natasha’s progression from Advanced to Higher and now on to degree level is an example of how individuals with ambition can progress after starting an Engineering Apprenticeship. We are seeing more and more employers looking to recruit, train and retain their staff using Apprenticeships rather than employing graduates.

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