adi Group Doubles Annual Apprentice Intake & Smashes Their 5% Club Target
Leading multi-disciplinary Midlands engineering firm, adi Group, shifted up a gear during National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (NAW2018), and are pleased to announce that we are doubling our apprentice intake from seven places in 2017 to 14 places this year. This will bring our total current apprentice numbers up to 30 in 2018.
In the process, we’ll be going above and beyond the commitment we made in March 2016, as part of The 5% Club, to raise the number of apprentices on formal programmes to 5% of their total staff within five years.
The 5% Club was founded in 2013 so that employers large and small, in every industry, would increase their ‘earn and learn’ training opportunities, raising people’s employable skills to ensure the UK has a society and economy which lifts its citizens out of poverty. And taking on 14 new apprentices will see us reach their 5% target in just two years rather than five.
adi Group’s Apprentice Academy offers a three to four year programme, providing apprentices with hands-on experience, in a first-class engineering environment, to enable them to achieve an NVQ Level Three Advanced Diploma and subsequently pursue rewarding engineering careers.
Nyron Howell, who joined the adi Healy Compressor Services arm as an apprentice in 2015 and who has since worked on successful projects for high-profile business including, Cadbury World, Blackpool Central Pier, Walkers Crisps, KP Snacks and Müller, said “Because I chose an apprenticeship, I was able to do a job I always wanted, a job that offers different challenges every day and keeps me thinking. When you do an apprenticeship, your co-workers are always willing to help you when you are stuck, no matter how big or small the job is and no matter what time. Everyone understands that you’re still learning, so the support is always there.”
It’s not simply about hard engineering skills here at adi. The business develops additional soft skills, such as presentation, communication and confidence, in its apprentices by running a range of outbound teambuilding activities and engaging with schools and the wider community.
As NAW 2018 was celebrated across the UK, an open apprentice event was held for school-leavers and their parents at the firm’s Head Office in Kings Norton on 6th March with adi’s apprentices in attendance to talk about their experience and journeys with adi. The brief was simple – to inspire the next generation about engineering, a high-earning profession about which many kids and, indeed, parents are in the dark.
adi’s CEO Alan Lusty explained how valuable he believes the Apprentice Academy’s work to be for employers, the economy and society at large. “As well as generating jobs for the local community, apprenticeships also give the next generation skills employers need. And, with a fresh view of our business and the world of work, apprentices often bring new and exciting ideas to the table.
Employers can tailor their apprentices’ skills to meet their particular business needs. That’s really important, when you consider the skills shortages we face in this country. Our programme has nurtured apprentices so well that we’ve been able to offer 90% of them permanent positions with the company to date. It’s an incredibly worthwhile endeavor for us, on so many levels.”
adi Group aims to offer full-time jobs to 90% of those who graduate from their Apprentice Academy. To find out more about the available Apprenticeship vacancies and the application process, call Group Recruitment Officer, Nicola Gorman, on 0121 451 2255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.BACK TO ARTICLES