RBWeek16: Developing The Next Generation Of Engineers
Operating in a sector reliant on talented youngsters and the development of STEM skills, here at adi Group, Apprenticeships are a big part of our talent stream.
Helping to develop and inspire the next generation of engineers is high on our agenda and is an area that the Group is hugely passionate about. We are committed to playing our part in helping to bridge the STEM skills gap by providing more opportunities for young people to get into engineering.
As a proud member of The 5% Club, we have committed to the aim of ensuring that within the next five years, 5% of our UK workforce are apprentices on structured earn and learn programmes.
Designed to encourage UK businesses to employ the equivalent of five per cent of their workforce through apprenticeships, the 5% Club is supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and is part of the government’s goal to create three million more apprenticeships by 2020.
One of the ways we are engineering our future and paving the way for budding engineers is through our very own Apprentice Academy. The Academy was launched in October 2014 and is committed to promoting the exciting career paths that engineering entails.
adi currently has 14 Apprentices working across the Group in various engineering disciplines including; Group Services (Business Administration), Process Pipework (Fabrication and Welding), Mechanical, Electrical, Facilities Management and Automotive Services. We are aiming to double our number of Apprentices this year and have an exciting initiative in the works with our Business Class partner, North Bromsgrove High School, to further cement our commitment to developing youngsters in our local community.
Looking to the months and year ahead, we hope to continue to inspire more and more young people to find out how exciting a career in engineering can be. But not only that, we hope to make a genuine difference and give young people opportunities to shine and the skills they need to thrive in the future to succeed at STEM related disciplines.
Alan Lusty, chief executive officer at adi Group, comments:
“We operate in a sector that has suffered from a serious skills shortage in recent years. It is imperative that we inspire a sea change in how we plan and deliver training to the next generation of engineers.
“Apprenticeships are a vital way to tackle the skills shortage, but they are in need of a serious image overhaul. In our field, hands-on apprenticeships are the building blocks of a highly rewarding career that can take individuals all the way to the top, and yet young people and their parents remain largely unaware of the benefits such a route into work can bring.
“By increasing the number of apprenticeships we offer we hope to tackle that perception, and help the next generation to take full advantage of the fantastic opportunities on offer to them.”
If being an engineering apprentice interests you, why not take a look at our current vacancies page and see what Apprenticeship Vacancies we currently have available? We’re currently looking for three Electrical Apprentices (two in Bournville and one in Banbury) and two Business Admin Apprentices. Click here to view our current vacancies.BACK TO ARTICLES