SETA celebrates HNC success!


SETA’s first ever HNC learners celebrated their success in an inaugural presentation ceremony.

The learners were recognised for their achievement at a presentation ceremony held in The Apprenticeship Centre of The Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA).  All those attending were presented with their HNC certificates following a very poetic citation from The Learning Services Manager, Steve Paynter.

The learners commenced the very first level 4 Higher National Certificate in General Engineering back in September 2019 when SETA first began delivering the nationally recognised HE qualification to those wanting to further their career as an engineer studying on a part-time basis alongside their job. Then the Covid-19 Lockdown hit, and learning went rather swiftly online. Another first for SETA!

Julie Gough, Chief Executive Officer said “We are extremely proud of our first ever HNC learners. It has been a difficult and challenging time for learners undertaking qualifications during the last two academic years. So for this initial cohort to achieve a 100% success rate with all the challenges that Covid-19 threw at us is a real accomplishment.”

Steve Paynter, Learning Services Manager and HNC Lead said “It has been a real testament to their personal motivation, organisational skills, perseverance and persistence. The learners have gained fundamental knowledge and skills allowing them to perform key duties of a multi-skilled engineer in industry.”

He added “These are additional personality traits and transferable skills that are highly desirable in the Engineering Sector.”

Julie went on to say “SETA goes from strength to strength, with this year seeing the third cohort to start their two year part-time study for the HNC in General Engineering.  An HNC offers career progression and professional development opportunities on to HND and then on to an honours degree programme.  We wish everyone good luck with their future studies”. 

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