Training UK: Making apprenticeship jobs in manufacturing attractive
UK's leading training provider In-Comm Training says that the manufacturing sector's recent growth could be hampered if the plentiful vacancies available in apprenticeship opportunities are not taken up.
In-Comm in the UK provides training and business services. It has been offering the industry and commerce a wide range of training and business solutions for over 35 years, covering more than ten sectors, working with 250 different companies in the country.
The training company notes that there are currently more than 100 positions available - all attached to high-value engineering jobs - but unfortunately few takers. MD at In-Comm, Gareth Jones, reckons the reason for the poor interest is that engineering and manufacturing still suffer from negative perceptions in schools as well as a lack of understanding on career opportunities an apprenticeship could offer.
At In-Comm's head office in Aldrige, the academy has 100 vacant positions for full/part-time trailblazer courses with a job at a local manufacturer at the end of it. This means learning from qualified trainers on good equipment, while getting paid, with the option of continuing to even getting a degree - a £100,000 opportunity and all debt-free.
Equally as important is conveying the correct perception of what modern day manufacturing actually is like today. Jones noted: “It’s robotics, it’s CAD/CAM systems, it’s precision CNC machines, it’s playing a role in making sure F1 cars get faster, aeroplanes are lighter, people can walk again – all played out in bright factories and with great earning potential.” He added that something different should also be tried, like, the education sector awarding CPD points for teachers keen to gain a better understanding of the industry and how it works.
Naturally, schools are the first place In-Comm looks when recruiting apprentices, but there is now no age criteria. The opportunity is also open to more mature workers, who may find themselves out of employment or looking to retrain.
In-Comm operates three training academies in Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury (both under the Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology banner) and at its original site in Aldridge. Current vacancies range from apprenticeships in machining and mechatronics to electro-technical, technical support, quality, product design, tool making, welding and manufacturing operatives.
This article was first published on ETMM online.