Amy Strange, a second year GE Aviation engineering apprentice studying at Coleg Morgannwg has been recognised for her outstanding achievements by the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF). Amy received the industry accolade at the 2012 EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, signifying her as the apprentice in Wales who has done the most to seize the training and development opportunities provided during the second year her apprenticeship. Speaking of her achievement, Amy Strange, who is employed by GE Aviation in Caerphilly, said: “I feel very proud to have won this award and I am incredibly grateful to Coleg Morgannwg and GE Aviation for providing me with the opportunity to train under the Pathways to Apprenticeship scheme.”
GE businesses in the UK have been working together over the last 18 months to attract high calibre students to our Leadership Program roles and Internships. The success of this strategy has been realised in the first ever entry for GE into the prestigious “Times Top 100 Graduate Employers Brochure”. The guide is produced annually and available free to students, throughout the academic year, at all UK universities.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Chavez always felt a strong tie to the healthcare industry, having grown up in a family of medical professionals, but ultimately knew he wanted to work with technology. When the opportunity presented itself to do an internship with GE Healthcare, it seemed like the perfect way to synthesize his familiarity with healthcare and his interest in computer science. As a software engineer in the two-year GE Edison Engineering Development Program (www.ge.com/eedp), Rudy is able to program technology and create products that make an impact.
Finding a way to get your career on track can be challenging. This is especially true for 20-something applicants who lack experience and connections to the industry. Consider the catch-22 of finding a job: you need experience to get the job, but the only way you can get experience is to get the job. How does one break that cycle? Through internships, students develop and hone the skills necessary to be successful. They have a noteworthy opportunity to network with veteran employees while making connections with other college students.
In the spring of 2009 Lauren did a co-op with General Electric – Aviation in their Manufacturing Engineering Center of Excellence. While working for General Electric, Lauren developed a turbine blade quality testing process that led to improved working conditions for GE factory workers, higher factory efficiency and decreased production costs. She returned there the following summer in their Development Engine Test facility.
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