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Seta takes training provision to a higher level with launch of new qualifications


6th September 2016

Washington-based training provider Seta is set to provide more training opportunities for budding engineers, following the announcement that it will now be offering BTEC Higher National Certificates and Diplomas in General Engineering.

Seta, which delivers apprenticeships and commercial training courses, is offering the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in General Engineering and BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in General Engineering.

These nationally-recognised programmes aim to develop transferable personal and professional skills among students that meet the demands of the workplace, and their delivery by Seta has been designed in line with the needs of employers in the engineering, manufacturing and process industries.

Students who complete the HNC and HND programmes will be able to enter employment as an engineer or technician, or progress onto an Engineering BEng (Hons) Degree at a Higher Education institution. They will also be able to progress on to either a Level 4 or Level 5 Foundation Degree or to the first or second year of a BEng (Hons) degree programme, depending on the match of units from the HNC or HND programme.

The launch of the HNC and HND programmes also provides a route to further progression for apprentices training at Seta, and will give engineers currently in employment the opportunity to develop their skills and technical knowledge.

The programmes will cover a variety of training tailored to the engineering sector, with study focused on technical work such as design, manufacture and maintenance.

The launch of HNC and HND programmes follows last month’s announcement that Seta had achieved the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 accreditation, awarded by the British Standards Institute (BSI). By achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification, an organisation must have implemented quality management system requirements for all areas of the business including development, sales, staff, training delivery and facilities.

The organisation was also recently accredited under the Certification Scheme for Welding Inspection Personnel (CSWIP).

Robin Lockwood, chief executive of Seta, said: “We are committed to playing our part in helping the region to close the engineering skills gap and by offering BTEC Higher National Certificates and Diplomas in General Engineering, we will be providing a higher level of vocational training to students who wish to progress into an engineering career.

“Our work with employers over more than 40 years has given us a real depth of experience in tailoring our training to the needs of businesses in the engineering sector, and we will be drawing on that expertise to prepare our HNC and HND students for industry, as well as helping engineers who are currently employed to further their professional development.

“Coming shortly after our accreditation to ISO 9001:2015, the launch of HNC and HND programmes at Seta is another significant step in our development as a training provider that is focused on building a highly skilled and experienced workforce in the North East.”

Seta delivers apprenticeships across a range of engineering disciplines, as well as in business administration and customer service, and offers courses in subjects such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, maintenance engineering, machining, welding, programmable logic control and health and safety.

A not-for-profit Group Training Association, Seta provides accredited, industry recognised training to an advanced level and works with companies including National Oilwell Varco, Gestamp, Northern Rail, Rolls Royce and Nissan, as well as many regional SMEs and sole traders.

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