Article summary: A cohort of Engineering Technician students celebrated the successful completion of their programme over the summer with a graduation ceremony at Fort Nelson near Fareham.
The 12 Saudi Arabian students, who work for BAE Systems Saudi Arabia, completed the 17-month training programme, which was facilitated by Mabway, with some academic elements delivered by PETA.
BAE Systems Saudi Development & Training asked Mabway to facilitate a bespoke Engineering Technician training programme, which comprised a number of different areas of academic qualification, as well equipment and systems training for a specific vessel class. Mabway brought PETA in to deliver several of these qualifications - the EAL Level 2 Diploma In Engineering Technologies, the EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies and the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
The COVID-19 pandemic started soon after the course commenced meaning that the majority of the training was delivered during lockdown periods and times of uncertainty. With strict adherence to government guidelines, Mabway and PETA did not allow this to disrupt the training, adopting a range of safety measures and virtual learning techniques to ensure the training went ahead.
PETA delivered this training at their Havant-based centre, allowing the students to benefit from the excellent facilities as well as the expertise of PETA’s knowledgeable engineering team. PETA Engineering Lecturers Roger Pearce and Althea De Souza led the training.
“The whole experience was enjoyable for all. Throughout their time with us the students all showed a high level of engineering understanding and ability. They studied a range of varied units which involved both classroom and workshop-based activities. Their graduation was an enjoyable day and a fitting end to their journey with us.”
“We also had cross culture days throughout the programme, during which they would bring in Arabic coffee and dates to share, and explain some of their customs, which was very interesting. In return we explained why we have fireworks, Halloween and Christmas, and I brought in birthday cake for the individuals who had theirs whilst with us.”
The graduation was attended by PETA’s CEO Huw Chapman as well as Roger and Althea. Mabway’s Chairman, Mark O’Reilly, welcomed the students and the guest of honour, Maabar Al Alawi the VP of HR at BAE Systems Saudi Development & Training. Mark, along with Mabway’s Managing Director, Anne O’Reilly, then presented the students with their course certificates and gifts.
The students have now returned to Saudi Arabia fully equipped to undertake their new roles of providing shore base support to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.
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