Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

CTC Takes Skills Base In-House

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

CTC Takes Skills Base In-House

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SKILLS development is helping to bolster a company's growth. In-house training and development initiatives introduced by Darlington-based CTC Marine Projects are proving successful in delivering a strong skills base to support the company's continuing growth.

North East-based CTC Marine Projects, a leading provider of subsea trenching and installation services, has implemented a range of training and development programmes aimed at nurturing new talent and fulfilling the company's on-going need for skilled employees in key areas of the business.

The graduate training programme currently supports 12 individuals who are following a structured three-year development.

The scheme, which was launched in 2006, is designed to broaden technical and business awareness and also includes the opportunity for further education support and membership of professional governing bodies.

Experiencing live project work is a key feature of the programme and trainees have been involved in a range of challenges including the design of CTC's new vessel Volantis and several international subsea projects.

Jonathan Bracher, CTC engineering graduate, said: "The graduate training programme is a brilliant vehicle for providing graduates with hands-on experience while playing a key part in delivering offshore projects.

"The variety the scheme provides and the opportunity to contribute and learn from different departments has been crucial to my development."

The programme, committed to recruiting new trainees on an annual basis, welcomed five new graduates during September 2008.

CTC launched its offshore technician programme in 2007 with a determination to further strengthen its offshore skill base. This 12-month scheme offers IMCA accredited development in the repair and maintenance of CTC's extensive range of subsea equipment.

In addition to onshore based training, individuals experience time offshore as part of a rigorous competency development.

Further trainees joined the business in June with plans for an additional intake in November.

The onshore technician programme provides a structured programme of learning and development for young aspiring engineering technicians of school leaver age with a desire to pursue a career in the subsea industry. …

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