Southern Manufacturing 2016 exhibitor, Emsea Limited, is doing its part to address the much publicised shortage of skilled engineers by welcoming a further two apprentices to its cutting, fabrication and forming business. Taking the total number to four, the new starters are studying NVQ Level Two in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, in association with Heart of Worcestershire College.
“Historically we found it difficult to find the volume of appropriate skills locally so we have looked to students as a long term solution,” commented Chris Sweet, director at Emsea Limited.
“The Press Brake, Laser cutters and Waterjet cutter all require a high degree of proficiency and by employing apprentices we have the opportunity to train them to our own exceptional standards, ensuring we continue to meet strict in-house quality control.”
Widely acknowledged as fundamental to the continued success of UK Engineering, apprentices bring a fresh pair of eyes to a business. According to Chris Sweet, the benefits of the apprentice scheme work both ways: “They look at things differently, ask questions and challenge the status quo,” Chris remarked.
Having left school this year with a range of good GCSEs, Karl opted for an apprenticeship in Engineering to increase his long term prospect of employment.
“I wanted to learn a variety of skills in a hands on way,” he explained. “It makes sense to me to gain experience whilst I am learning as this will set me apart from the competition.”
More information on Emsea can be found at www.emsea-laser.com