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Shelby joins Nortech Group as apprentice

Nortech Group is celebrating its commitment to apprenticeships with the appointment of a new female apprentice.

Shelby Laybourn, 17, has joined the Wynyard-based engineering design and project management company as an Instrumentation Design Apprentice while completing her studies at NETA Training Group in Stockton-On-Tees. NETA is one of the UK’s largest vocational training providers for engineering construction companies.

Shelby from Hartlepool is among a small, but growing number of young women seeking to enter the engineering sector. According to figures from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s analysis of the Labour Force Survey, women make up only six per cent of the engineering workforce nationally. That figure is slowly increasing with the help of new initiatives such as WISE (Women in to Science and Engineering).

As well as her level 3 instrumentation training, Shelby is involved in numerous real life design projects where she uses auto CAD.

She said: “I was very excited when I heard about the apprenticeship at Nortech. It’s a really well respected and growing company and I would love to be able to forge a long-term career here.

“I am now looking to push on with my studies and progress at Nortech by gaining further experience in the engineering sector. I would love to make it to the role of team leader one day.”

The Managing Director of Nortech Group, said: “Shelby is a fantastic young woman who has a bright future ahead of her. We are delighted that she has joined us as one of a growing number of young women entering the industry.”

Ray Knaggs, Fabrication Instructor and Design Assessor at NETA, said: “It’s great news that Shelby has secured an apprenticeship with Nortech; a company with a growing and increasingly important profile within the engineering sector.”

Nortech Group was established in April 2011.




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