Specialist pipe work equipment provider, Patriot International, came to Walsall College to talk to its engineering students about its training programme.
John Hampson, the training manager at the Oldbury-based company, delivered a presentation on SPEAR, the programme they offer to students looking to enter the energy industry.
He spoke to students about the hand-on experience the programme offers, and how Patriot International can support their ‘work ready’ journey.
The talk also covered what the company looks for in candidates, such as a strong work ethic, numeracy and literacy.
With there being a growing demand for engineers in the local area, John explained the importance of finding new talent for the sector. The industry has undergone many changes, so it has never been more vital to upskill new and current staff.
Tyron Marshall, a trainee from the SPEAR programme, accompanied John to the presentation to talk about his experiences, from carrying out a placement through Walsall College to enrolling onto Patriot’s training scheme.
The 18-year-old, who studied a BTEC Level 3 in Engineering, joined the programme three months ago, following a one-week placement at the company.
Tyron said, “I’m really loving the training at Patriot International. I found out about the SPEAR programme whilst I was on placement. My tutor was happy to look through my application form, and offered support in making sure it was impressive enough to get me into the training programme.
SPEAR is a hub of knowledge. I’ve been mentored by a number of site technicians who go offshore on different rigs. They have shared their experiences with me about life on site – both the good and the challenges – and it’s very reassuring to know I have that team back up. The technical knowledge and training I’ve been exposed to is invaluable.”
Patriot International has already taken on two students from Walsall College in the last three months, who are currently in the SPEAR programme. The company is now set to welcome 15 work placement students from the college over the course of the year to its premises.
John said, “We are working alongside Walsall College as they are renowned for being an outstanding provider of 16-18 vocational training in the local region.
We identified a lack of skilled workers coming into the energy sector and it was a risk to the organisation and sector if this didn’t change.
We recognise that these students are the key to the future of our industry and its success. If Patriot can play a part in helping young people through their education and preparing them for work, then we will be leaving a legacy for our future.”