With recent reports of the number of apprenticeships falling by 30% in the last 12 months, European Springs & Pressings are amongst a number of manufacturers determined to enhance apprenticeships social mobility, addressing the UK’s productivity gap.
Kick starting their engineering careers with a spring in their step, five new apprentices launched their learning at European Springs & Pressings in Beckenham this month.
This next generation of engineers are studying a BTEC level 3 in engineering operations and maintenance, with an accompanying NVQ in mechanical manufacturing engineering which follows the nationally recognised mechanical manufacturing apprenticeship framework.
Stuart McSheehy, Managing Director of the Beckenham manufacturing plant says: “The value of apprenticeships can never be undervalued. Training a new generation of manufacturing practitioners, offering them the opportunity to gain experience and qualifications in the workplace, establishes a secure foundation for their future and it’s a part of our work we’re especially proud of.”
McSheehy concludes: “We recognise that apprenticeships are particularly beneficial to a broad section of our youth society. However, they are also hugely beneficial to us as well, as they diversify the workplace, bring different talents and backgrounds to the business and create a dynamic workforce. We welcome the new faces and look forward to seeing their progression as they are given the opportunities to shine.”
All the apprentices, aged from 16-19 will be on day release to Mid Kent College, starting next week.