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Seta apprentice is First Class

Degree and career success for Ashley Wright

An engineering apprentice is making her mark at a major multi-national company after being awarded a First Class Honours degree.

Ashley Wright, from Gateshead, undertook an apprenticeship through Seta with American-owned National Oilwell Varco (NOV), which provides fluid management solutions for oilfield and industrial applications.

Following an initial off-the-job apprenticeship programme at Seta’s facilities, she started training at NOV at the age of 19. After gaining a BTEC and an HNC in Engineering, Ashley then undertook a degree in Management of Engineering Technologies from Teesside University.

Successfully completing this programme meant that she gained a full BSc Honours Degree and she now holds a permanent post with NOV at its Team Valley site as a quality control inspector.

Ashley said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded a First Class Honours degree and Seta played a huge part in helping me achieve this - and in launching my engineering career.

“Seta gave me the practical skills and confidence I needed to work in a real-life working environment.

“I tried the ‘traditional’ university route but then realised that I wanted my education to be more career-focused, so the apprenticeship programme really appealed to me.”

Martin Cram, process integration manager at NOV, said: “Ashley has made a huge contribution to NOV and should be very proud of her achievement. We’re looking forward to seeing her progress with the company.”

Robin Lockwood, chief executive of Seta, added: “Ashley’s success is proof of both the impact that apprentices have on a workplace and of the fantastic opportunities that an apprenticeship can create – it can provide an alternative route to obtaining a degree without accruing the huge student debt.

“A report the Royal Academy of Engineering suggests we will need more than a million new engineers and technicians by 2020, while the recent 2015CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey showed that more than 50 per cent of businesses in the North East fear they will not be able to recruit enough high-skilled workers to succeed in the future.

“Apprenticeships such as the one undertaken by Ashley will play a vital part in helping the UK to address this skills shortage.”

Pictured above, left to right: Martin Cram, process integration manager at NOV, Ashley Wright, quality control inspector at NOV and Ian Hope, training officer at Seta.