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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Marchwood Power turns to SETA for new technician

Southampton-based apprenticeship provider SETA is celebrating after Marchwood Power Limited turned to them for the first time for a new trainee technician.


Ryan Doran at work at SETA
 Ryan Doran is part of the new in-take of apprentices at SETA – Southampton Engineering Training Association - and is employed by the firm running the new £380m natural gas combined cycle power plant on the Marchwood Industrial Estate.

The 18-year-old from Alton is training to be an Electrical/Control and Instrumentation Technician at the plant. He will spend his first year at SETA working towards an NVQ 2 and starting his BTEC Engineering before going on site at the Power Station next year, where he will do an NVQ 3 on the job.

It is anticipated he will have to do a four-year apprenticeship, with a view to a permanent role at the power station.

Ryan, who has had Hampshrie county trials for rugby and athletics, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn and develop my engineering skills and abilities at SETA and then put them to work at Marchwood.

“SETA is a great place to learn and I am picking up really important new skills and processes that will help me when I go and work on the site.”

Marchwood Power Limited generates enough electricity to supply the needs of nearly one million homes - equivalent to the combined energy needs of Southampton, the New Forest and Winchester.

The facility uses the latest technology to ensure maximum energy efficiency and minimal impact on the environment and is one of the most efficient generators of electricity in the UK.

David Hamlyn, training manager at Marchwood Power, said: “We are excited about this new relationship with SETA. We often need skilled staff and the grounding they get at SETA stands an apprentice in good stead for working on our site.”

Richard Heighington, Chief Executive of SETA, said: “We are delighted that Marchwood Power has recognised the quality of the apprenticeship programmes we have here and become the latest big employer in the south to turn to us for their new engineering recruits.”


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