Employer, Neida Invest In Drew’S Future With Higher Education Through Isle Of Wight College


We have recently received this incredible feedback from an employer who have been sponsoring one of our previous students, Drew Macarthur.

NEIDA is proud to sponsor of NEIDA Blue 62, Isle-of-Wight Process Engineer, Drew Macarthur through a Bachelor’s with Honours in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Degree at the University of Portsmouth. 

After completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, achieving Triple Distinction in June 2019, Drew took the decision to extend his Higher apprenticeship through an HND Engineering course at the University of Portsmouth.

Originally a week of work experience at NEIDA Blue 62 Isle-of-Wight cemented Drew’s decision to commence a University of Portsmouth HND in Mechanical Engineering course run by Isle-of-Wight College (CCEAAM). This course covered the fundamentals of engineering sciences, theories, and management. Drew has been continuously mentored and supported throughout his apprenticeship by the team at NEIDA Blue 62. With hands-on experience of setting machines to estimating new projects, all the hard work paid off earlier this year when Drew graduated with a Merit HND in mechanical engineering. 

“The opportunity to continue my studies with sponsorship from NEIDA will enable me to achieve an industry-recognised qualification, within a leading turned parts manufacturing company, without the debt of student loans.” – Drew Macarthur, Process Engineer

With the passion and drive to continue his academic studies in engineering in October 2021, Drew commenced a Bachelor’s with Honours course in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Portsmouth, only possible with sponsorship from NEIDA. 

The modules will include the study of Materials and Engineering Systems, Design and Sustainable Development and Quality Management.

Drew will focus on Robotics and Automation in manufacturing for his dissertation project, calling on support from market leaders and innovators in robotics technology. So far, we have had great “buy-in” from a number of leading companies and organisations, with special thanks to Fanuc, Mazak and the MTA for their support to date.

Drew’s focus on problem-solving and process improvements are already proving invaluable in supporting NEIDA’s continued growth.

“This is an exciting time for technology, and I hope my work with local schools and colleges will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

During his studies, Drew has also enrolled as a STEM Ambassador, supporting and promoting the engineering sector to local students in Hampshire and the Isle-of-Wight.

Neida believe that the key to closing the ever-increasing Skills Gap is getting the next generation interested in engineering. Running a successful Apprenticeships scheme employing 3-4 apprentices every year alongside continuous training and development of employees by upskilling and reskilling.

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