Ryan Eadington, 20, from Choppington, has been offered a Level 3
Engineering apprenticeship with NaturaLight Systems after
completing a successful work trial. He will gain hands-on
experience while studying for a NVQ qualification.
NaturaLight Systems, based in Bedlington, uses computer aided
design (CAD) to design roof lights and structural glazing products
that are distributed and installed throughout the UK. Due to
increased customer demand the business has expanded its premises
from one facility to three within the last year. With over 80,000sq
ft. of manufacturing, storage and distribution space, the company
deals with a wide clientele on a national level including local
authorities, schools, colleges, residential and commercial building
Ryan said: "It's great to have the opportunity to gain hands-on
experience while studying for a qualification at the same time. I'm
looking forward to learning CAD design skills."
Northumberland College helped NaturaLight in their search to
find a suitable apprentice and to apply for a government grant of
£1,500 to help fund the apprenticeship. Ryan is the first
apprentice to be recruited for a design role.
Simon Johnston, Design Manager at NaturaLight, said: "We are
delighted to recruit Ryan to the team. It is beneficial to the
business to recruit young people who are eager to develop their
practical skills in a work-based environment. We look forward to
watching Ryan progress in his design work."
According to research by the National Apprenticeship Service,
96% of employers that take on apprentices report benefits to their
business. Anyone wanting to find out more about the benefits of
apprenticeships can contact Northumberland College by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 01670 841 268.
Northumberland College offers apprenticeships in over 40
different subjects and works with over 700 employers across the
region in a wide range of industry sectors. To find out more visit