OTC Engineering Apprentice Profile

Adrianne Dineley of Ferranti Technologies

“My name is Adrianne and I am 19 years old.  I went to Oasis Academy (formally known as South Chadderton) and I am now working at Ferranti Technologies in Oldham. I have been working here for 3 years and 3 months as an Apprentice Engineer.

I first became interested in Engineering when our school trialled both academic and vocational courses and chose to do a BTEC in Engineering along with my GCSE’s in Maths, English and Science, amongst other subjects.

I came to OTC after leaving school and they put me forward for the opportunity at Ferranti.  OTC has been a great place to learn and the support from our tutor, Barry Boardman has been fantastic.  We feel we are really benefitting from his knowledge and experience.  My other tutor, Mike Pugh, is also really helpful and makes sure he provides enough time to support me.

My BTEC is due to finish in December 2016, however, it is progressing really well so we are aiming to complete by the end of July.  I have discussed future opportunities with my support team at Ferranti about the possibility of working in New Product Introduction once my BTEC is complete.  We are also considering the possibility of me progressing to HNC but will decide at a later date and dependent on my BTEC results and career aspirations.  The team at FTL has made sure I am aware of all options open to me and we have a really good working relationship.

Since starting at Ferranti, we have often discussed the low numbers of females working in engineering, despite the fact that many of my male colleagues have shared positive experiences they have when working with female Engineers.  Many of them have commented that female Engineers often demonstrate better organisational skills and have witnessed the benefits as a result of better attention to detail, amongst other positive aspects.  Since my recruitment, FTL have taken on another female apprentice within the IT team and hope this helps to demonstrate that opportunities do exist for females in Engineering and will ultimately help to encourage more females to consider Engineering as a career.

As my experience has developed I have taken on more technically challenging activities and for the last 2 years I have been working on one of the largest projects within the business, which involves dealing with FTL Management and Engineering teams, also liaising with Customer Engineering teams.

I enjoy working at FTL.  It can be very challenging at times but I have developed the skills and confidence to undertake the tasks given and to deal with people at a senior level because I am always well supported by the team at FTL.

My commitment and hard work is recognised and regularly praised.  I am now looking forward to the new challenges and projects in 2016 and the opportunity to gain more experience, enabling me to continue along my Engineering career path, with a goal of moving into Technical Project Management.”

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OTC Open Event, August 2012

A huge effort went into our Open Day this year, with Radio Advertising and Press Releases.  It was satisfying to see that the effort was duly rewarded with an excellent turnout on the day.  We had great support from Oldham Jobcentreplus and it was brilliant to see the young people, parents and employers coming to see us with such enthusiasm.  For many, there was the opportunity for the first time to see what OTC has to offer and to meet our staff and see the facilities.  All our expectations were exceeded.  As a result we are really pleased to be able to extend a warm welcome to all our potential apprentices and employers and look forward to seeing you at OTC very soon.  So a great day made successful by a dedicated team that made it all happen – you know who you are!

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OTC Supports Shaw Residents

A community has rallied round to help dozens of families left homeless by the Shaw gas explosion, some of the residents could be out of their houses for WEEKS.

Around 175 properties have been evacuated as a result of the Buckley Street blast.

The affected families are staying with friends or in emergency accommodation provided by Oldham Council and First Choice Homes.

A refuge centre has been set up at Crompton House School where people can go during the day for food and refreshments.

OTC have also rallied round in huge numbers to provide our own support to those in need, through our social media sites, a column in the Oldham Chronicle and a bulletin on Radio Revolution. We ensured the local community were aware of our collection point and we have been overwhelmed on the generosity of staff and Oldham residents. 

We took our donation boxes to the Salvation Army on Farrow Street in Oldham.

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Learner Satisfaction Survey

As a learner who receives training which is partly or wholly funded by the Skills Funding Agency Employer-Responsive funding stream.  OTC are asking you to take part in a survey.  This is a vital tool for measuring how we provide and deliver quality training and how the training benefits you and your organisation.  

 The Learner Satisfaction Survey for 2011/12 runs from 19 December 2011 to 25 May 2012.

To log-in to the survey you will need to enter the OTC provider number and your personal learner reference number. These numbers will be given to you by either contacting your Training Advisor, telephoning OTC on 0161 624 5360 or requesting the numbers by e-mailing etopham@otctraining.co.uk

Please follow this link to start the survey

May I thank you, in advance, for completing the questionnaire.

OTC

Management Team

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Ofsted – OTC Inspection Report October 2011

OTC Inspection Report now available.

OTC’s Board of Directors, Management Team & Staff are pleased to announce the results of a recent Ofsted Inspection – Overall Effectiveness of Provision, Grade 2.  We have received very positive feedback and recommendations from Ofsted. 

We are committed to improving our services and will focus on what the Inspection Team have recognised.  The newly established management team and company restructure is proving to be effective and we feel we have the foundations in place to be a leading provider of learning and teaching.

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OTC invests in Learner Progress Tracking System

OTC has invested in a work-based MIS system called FrameUp.

FrameUp, a user friendly management information system allows assessors to monitor learner progress effectively, with the ability to run many reports in a variety of charts to feed back to the learner & their company.  This is something we hope will improve the commitment & help motivate learners.  The overall and timely success rates reports will be used on a monthly basis to keep track of where we are and for profiling future success rates.

Managers & staff will have an understanding of the organisation’s performance & activity.


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Oldham Training Centre has a brand new Website

OTC training are pleased to announce the launch of our new look website.

After spending many months working on our new site we have tried to provide a more user friendly service  and a better display of our training products. Continue reading

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