Structural glazing manufacturer recruits first design apprentice

Structural glazing manufacturer recruits first design apprentice  
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Northumberland-based roof light and structural glazing specialists, NaturaLight Systems, which distributes its products throughout the UK, has recruited its first design apprentice with help from Northumberland College.

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 contractors.


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 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