College hires ex-Thamesteel apprentices

MidKent College principal Stephen Grix with the apprentices
MidKent College principal Stephen Grix with the apprentices
Nine apprentices who lost their jobs when Thamesteel went into administration have been taken on by MidKent College.

The talented tradesmen were offered contracts of employment on Tuesday (7 February), which will enable them to complete their apprenticeships while working in the College’s plumbing, engineering, electrical installation and motor vehicle departments.

Five will be based at the Medway Campus and four at Maidstone.

Meanwhile, JobShop staff at the College will continue to liaise with local companies in an attempt to secure jobs more in line with the apprentices’ Thamesteel training.

Business development manager Jacqui Brown said: “MidKent College has taken responsibility for the training and education of these young men, which is of paramount importance.

“They’ve completed two-and-a-half years of training and we were not prepared to watch them walk away without their qualifications.

“They’re a real asset to the engineering sector.”

MidKent College is a member of the Thamesteel Taskforce, which also includes Kent County Council, Swale Borough Council and other partners dedicated to supporting those who lost their jobs when Thamesteel went bust.

The College is currently in discussion with a number of local employers interested in taking on those who lost their jobs, which also includes seven Higher National Certificate students.

Multi-skilled apprentice Luke Sawyers, 21, from Sheerness, was delighted to have landed a job with MidKent College.

He said: “We were all gutted when Thamesteel went under and the last few weeks have been really tough. We haven’t had any money so we haven’t been able to do anything other than look for jobs.

“The staff at MidKent College have been brilliant. We didn’t expect to get any help at all so we’re extremely grateful for everything they’ve done for us.”


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