Future engineer wins backing of business

(l-r) Andrew Keenan, head of department for engineering at SGS College, Jacob Jepps, engineering apprentice and Matthew Large, managing director of Stroud Metal Company (8446895)

(l-r) Andrew Keenan, head of department for engineering at SGS College, Jacob Jepps, engineering apprentice and Matthew Large, managing director of Stroud Metal Company (8446895)

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SGS COLLEGE and Stroud Metal Company have joined forces to create a bright engineering future for student Jacob Jepps.
Jacob, who will soon complete a two-year Btec Level 3 extended diploma in engineering, is the latest apprentice the Dudbridge-based company has taken on.
This appointment is part of a partnership established between the company and the college to help ensure the courses the college delivers are directly relevant to business needs.
Andrew Keenan, head of department for engineering at the college, said: “The work we are doing with SMC is a great example of what we are striving to achieve locally.
“As an ambassador Stroud Metal Company is helping us develop our engineering programme to benefit the students.
“They are also generously part-funding the students’ end of year project which involves building a hovercraft and they are recruiting Jacob this year with the intention of adding two more next year.”
Matthew Large, managing director of Stroud Metal Company, said: “We are all too aware that our industry is crying out for young engineering talent and we are only too pleased to be able to support Stroud College.
Jacob will be joining the company on September 1, after which he commences a four year programme which will result in him achieving his Technical Certificate and NVQ through study leave.

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