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Waterside first year engineering and science apprentices

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.

Read more: Congratulations to our first year apprentices

Waterside engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships open evening 16th March 4pm

No need to book - just come along 4pm-8.30pm

Waterside is holding another open day event for you to find out more about engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships!

We specialise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and process technicians, and we work with many industrial manufacturers and engineering firms in the North West.  Our employers include major names in food, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Read more: Engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships - Open Evening 16th March

Waterside Text Santa appeal

Coming close to the end of a busy year at Waterside, our HR Officer Kathryn and Technical Sales Manager Steve took up the challenge of raising money for the Text Santa appeal. They did a fabulous job, persuading people to wear very stylish Xmas jumpers (and leading by example themselves!), as well as playing competitions and games such as “Spot the Ronnie Reindeer” with our engineering apprentices.  Much fun and amusement all round, and they raised £130 for Text Santa, supporting worthy causes such as Save The Children. 

Read more: Waterside raises money for Text Santa appeal

mayor opens waterside engineering apprenticeship event

Waterside welcomed the Mayor of St Helens to its inaugural Apprenticeship Open Day, aimed at promoting apprenticeships in the Engineering and Manufacturing industries to students across the North West.

Read more: Mayor attends Engineering Apprenticeship open day

apprentice contract signing

Taking on an apprenticeship in engineering, manufacturing or science is a major undertaking lasting 3 – 4 years.  To get a successful outcome at the end, the individual apprentice has to commit to working hard for the entire programme.  This post looks at 4 key elements that help gain commitment to an extended training journey.

Read more: Gaining commitment to a successful apprenticeship

Engineering safe isolation and lock off

Maintenance engineers have an essential role is most industrial and manufacturing firms.  They proactively maintain equipment to avoid loss of productivity, and provide quick response to sudden breakdowns.  The typical maintenance engineer will take great pride in the work they do, having built up detailed knowledge of site systems over years of experience.

Risks of the job

Most processes and equipment will require safe isolation prior to commencing work.  Maintenance staff deal every day with risks arising from the presence of live voltages, high pressure oils/fluids, hazardous chemicals, mechanical movement, items falling etc. 

Read more: Are your maintenance engineers safely isolating?