Running for a second year, all students taking part in the competition have been offered the opportunity to sit apprenticeship entrance exams with the company and the winning team will also be given a tour of the facilities at the Walker site.
– Martin McKenna, Head of Onshore Projects, Siemens
We see apprenticeships as a great career path that can lead all the way to the top. I started as an electrical apprentice in Newcastle in 1983 and now oversee vital projects at wind farms from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands and everywhere between.
Each team received £250 from St Cuthberts Care last September with the view of using this to create income-generating projects. The winning team, Vision_, from St Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon, raised a staggering £6,500 and took the trophy for the second year in a row, presented by Alan Shearer. In total, the competition raised £17,700, net of the initial seed money, with all proceeds going to the Alan Shearer Foundation.
– Austin Donohoe, Chief Executive of St Cuthberts Care
We are delighted that Siemens is supporting this year’s competition. Their decision to offer the apprenticeship entrance exams is a testament to the hard work of these young people; we are deeply grateful to both Siemens and the students for their support.
The purpose of the Alan Shearer Foundation, launched just one month ago, is to raise a minimum of £250,000 to help to make a difference to thousands of people’s lives with profound disabilities and sensory impairments.