After completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, achieving Triple Distinction in June 2019, Drew took the decision to extend his Higher apprenticeship through an HND Engineering course at the University of Portsmouth.

Originally a week of work experience at NEIDA Blue 62 I.O.W. cemented Drew’s decision to commence a University of Portsmouth HND in Mechanical Engineering course run by Isle-of-Wight College (CCEAAM). This course covered the fundamentals of engineering sciences, theories and management. Drew has been continuously mentored and supported throughout his apprenticeship by the team at NEIDA Blue 62. With hands-on experience of setting machines to estimating new projects, all the hard work paid off earlier this year when Drew graduated with a Merit HND in mechanical engineering.

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“The opportunity to continue my studies with sponsorship from NEID will enable me to achieve an industry-recognised qualification within a leading turned parts manufacturing company, without the debt of student loans”

Drew Macarthur, Process Engineer, Isle-of-Wight

With the passion and drive to continue his academic studies in engineering in October 2021, Drew commenced a Bachelor’s with Honours course in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Portsmouth, only possible with sponsorship from NEIDA

The modules will include the study of Materials and Engineering Systems, Design and Sustainable Development and Quality Management.

Drew will focus on Robotics and Automation in manufacturing for his dissertation project, calling on support from market leaders and innovators in robotics technology. So far, we have had great “buy-in” from a number of leading companies and organisations, with special thanks to Fanuc, Mazak and the MTA for their support to date.

Drew’s focus on problem-solving and process improvements are already proving invaluable in supporting NEIDA‘s continued growth.

During his studies, Drew has also enrolled as a STEM Ambassador, supporting and promoting the engineering sector to local students in Hampshire and the Isle-of-Wight.

What is CNC Sliding Head Technology?

Sliding head machines allow for two components to be produced simultaneously and have driven tooling, which enables a variety of processes to take place in the primary and sub-spindles at the same time. This means we can manufacture complex components in a single operation and allow for reduced cycle times and a more efficient method of manufacturing.

“This is an exciting time for technology, and I hope my work with local school and colleges will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers”

Drew Macarthur, Process Engineer, Isle-of-Wight

Apprenticeships at NEIDA

Apprenticeships at NEIDA offer the opportunity to learn in a work-based environment for individuals wanting to gain hands-on experience and upskill in a sector of interest whilst earning a competitive salary supported by approved training providers. Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices are required to attend college once a week for classroom-based learning and complete formal assessments to obtain a nationally recognised qualification.

NEIDA offers Mechanical and Electrical Engineering apprenticeship schemes at our manufacturing sites in Stoke-on-Trent and the Isle-of-Wight. This is our second Business Administration Apprenticeship collaboration.

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