If anyone doubts the desire to take up engineering apprenticeships they needed only be at what has been called ‘the engineering hub of Gloucestershire’ this January.
Founded more than 40 years ago, but if interest in its services is anything to go by it has never more relevant – Gloucestershire Engineering Training staged its first apprenticeship open evening of 2019. That some of the biggest, best and most exciting names in engineering in the county felt fit to man stands at the Barnwood event spoke volumes for the calibre of training the centre delivers for each company – and helped explain the turnout.
CKF attended Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET) event for students looking at applying for engineering apprenticeships. The event was busy, in total there were 18 employer stands which saw many potential applicants throughout the evening.
CKF are recruiting now for this position and would look to make offers by April this year. The decision to recruit apprentices is to give the opportunity to a young individual to grow within the company, and develop a tailored skill set that would enable them to become the future of CKF. The role itself will be multi skilled, that will encompass both mechanical and electrical disciplines, ideally the candidate would be of school leaver age but is negotiable.
Ben, an employee at CKF who started as an apprentice, said: “Doing and apprenticeship with CKF allowed me to get practical on the job skills, working with experienced professionals, while achieving the recognised qualifications required.”
“This is one of the most important recruitment events we do,” said Gary Miller, training and development manager for Stonehouse-based engineering giant Delphi Technologies which serves the automotive industry.
“We do other careers events, but the young people coming here are specifically looking for engineering apprenticeships. And there are some fantastic businesses here alongside one another.” Michael Bennett, OBE, an independent director at GET, former engineer, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, said: “GET celebrated 40 years last year. It started when a group of engineering companies decided to do their own training.
GET is used by an estimated 60 engineering firms big and small from across Gloucestershire. Warren Thomas, operation director at GET, which is based at off Corinium Avenue in Gloucester, said: “We usually get about 300 people through the doors of the event. I think the fact we can now deliver Level 2 to Level 7 qualifications and HND and HNC here is getting people’s attention too.”
The current edition of Punchline features articles on GET and many of the firms who made the apprenticeship event such a success. https://www.punchline-gloucester.com/articles/aanews/get-apprenticeship-event-gloucestershire-engineering-training-gloucester-delphi-dowty-kohler-alderle
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