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Tom Pelling, an NPTC Group learner, has recently been awarded his MA Apprenticeship Engineering Framework certificate, following successfully completing his course at the College’s Newtown Campus.

Tom has completed his NVQ level 3 in Fabrication and Welding, and now works for Contact Attachments in Newtown.

He explained: “I was first interested in welding and engineering after my work-experience placement at school, which was at Contact Attachments. I then worked there throughout the school holidays and they suggested that I should go to College to do welding and engineering, so they put me on the course and took me on as an apprentice welder after my first year of College. Then I would have one day a week in college for two years, and work four days a week at Contact Attachments. Once I completed the course they took me on full-time - now I’ve been employed there since 2008!”

Tom is a First Aider for his employer, putting his experience as a First Responder to good use, as well as hoping to become the company’s qualified NDT (non-destructive testing) tester. He also has plans to become a British Standards coded welder.

He added: “My experience at NPTC Group was brilliant. It was a fun place to be. The engineering department and staff were excellent. All the equipment is modern and it has everything you would need to learn skills for the future.”

Apprenticeships offer excellent work-based learning opportunities, where you can earn while you learn. With the opportunity to gain a qualification that is recognised by employers, now’s your chance to learn, using state-of-the-art equipment, with excellent teaching staff to help you on your way. For more information on practical qualifications in a field that interests you, please contact NPTC Group for more details at

Picture: Tom Pelling, successful apprentice from NPTC Group’s Newtown Campus