The Chapel Cross TurbineMark Armstrong, a former apprentice and now Head of the Siemens Newcastle Service Facility, explains: “The Chapel Cross Turbine was actually manufactured on this site in the early fifties and formed part of the power generation at the Chapel Cross Power Station for over 50 years. Once the station closed we were keen to give the turbine a new home where it could help support our training programme and help our apprentices get a better understanding of turbine operations in a power station.
“Despite technology moving on significantly since the turbine was first manufactured, the basic principles of turbine power generation remain the same, even today. The difference today is that when working on a power station now we’re able to utilise digital technology to analyse this equipment, record service information and even remotely diagnose issues, but the actual design of the turbine hasn’t drastically changed.
“With over 30 apprentices currently undergoing training in servicing turbines and generators, it’s a fantastic resource for trainees. We also use the kit to support upskilling and training packages with experiences employees and contractors too.”
Apprenticeships: standing you in good stead for the rest of your careerMichael Young is one of the first year apprentices who took part in the week@work said: “I joined Siemens in September and then have been mostly based at Tyneside Metropolitan College so the chance to experience a week working and learning about turbines and the energy market is brilliant. “It’s also fascinating to hear about other Siemens businesses and the career paths that completing an apprenticeship can lead to. Darren Davidson, our new Managing Director started his career as an apprentice on this site when he was 16."
It’s great to know that Siemens values the skills you learn during an apprenticeship and that it can stand you in good stead for the rest of your career.”Michael Young, Apprentice at Siemens in Newcastle
Apprenticeships are a great way for us to turn today’s talented young people into the experts we need tomorrow. Whether you’re interested in Engineering, Business Administration or Finance, we have opportunities for you.
We have more than 500 apprentices at Siemens in total and, with over 14,000 people working in the UK, you’ll play an important part in everyday life here. It’s why nearly all of our apprentices go on to secure permanent roles once they finish.