Darlington Students Win Life-changing Merchant Navy Engineering Sponsorships.

In Apprenticeships, Employers, In the Press, News, School Leavers, on the 19th, March 2015

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From left to right: Matthew Thorman, Kyle Rooney, Connor Burton

Three 18 year old Darlington College students have won prestigious engineering apprenticeships with the Merchant Navy.

Matthew Thorman, Connor Burton and Kyle Rooney were selected for the life-changing three year training contract offered to a limited number of young people nationwide.

Now in the final year of the BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering, the students will progress with training split between academic study at South Tyneside College and practical experience on board ship, staged in five phases, over three years.

Each student will receive a £700 per month bursary while learning and expect to gain a Foundation Degree qualification.

Once qualified, these talented teenagers can look forward to a starting salary of around £38k per year.

Kyle Rooney from Middleton St George, said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of using the knowledge and experience we have gained from the Extended Diploma in this exciting career.”

This is endorsed by Darlington College engineering tutor Rob Elliott who said: “We have a fine record of successful progression into both higher education and the workplace with our advanced engineering students. Kyle, Connor and Matthew have shown outstanding commitment during their studies and fully deserve this opportunity.”

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