The British Engines Group has pledged to take on 31 apprentices in its latest recruitment drive to develop its future workforce from within.
The North East employer has released apprenticeships in a range of disciplines to provide young people with various careers within the company.
The September 2023 intake offers apprenticeships in manufacturing, fitting/assembly and testing, maintenance, design, quality/health/safety and environment, as well as two office based business apprenticeships.
The successful applicants will follow in the footsteps of well over 1,000 apprentices, who have since progressed into numerous roles, as they begin their careers on one of the North East’s longest running schemes.
Supported by training providers, TDR Training and South Tyneside College Marine School (Tyne Coast), engineering apprentices at the British Engines Group spend 20 weeks at college, before joining one of the group’s eight businesses. The apprentices are then based on-site four days per week, spending one day per week at college for the remainder of the programme.
Richard Dodd, Chief Executive Officer at the British Engines Group, said: “Our drive to recruit 31 apprentices demonstrates our commitment, as a global business, to providing world-class training and education to our local community, and our vision to continue to contribute to the North East’s deep-routed engineering heritage.
“I am incredibly proud to say apprentices play a big part in the business and we are confident that our Apprenticeship+ scheme offers a well-rounded programme to give them the best start in their careers.
“The scheme is one of the cornerstones of building a successful business for the future and our apprentices end up fulfilling a wide variety of roles across the British Engines Group upon successful completion of their apprenticeship.
The British Engines Apprenticeship+ Scheme is an in-house training programme designed to provide engineering apprentices with additional academic and vocational learning to those typically gained through a standard apprenticeship.
“I am incredibly proud to say apprentices play a big part in the business and we are confident that our Apprenticeship+ scheme offers a well-rounded programme to give them the best start in their careers."Richard Dodd, Chief Executive Officer at the British Engines Group
As part of the award-winning scheme, engineering apprentices take part in an activity week in the Lake District during their third year. On the trip, the apprentices complete team building activities to build on their leadership and communication skills.
Corey Hogg, Trainee Design Engineer, at group company Michell Bearings, completed his apprenticeship in 2020. Having recently won the Apprentice Endeavour Award at the National Make UK Manufacturing Awards, Corey is now training to become a Design Engineer at group company, Michell Bearings.
Corey said: “I am very grateful for my time as an apprentice at the British Engines Group. The apprenticeship scheme set me up for my career in engineering and I particularly enjoyed learning on the job from experienced engineers, some of whom have been in the business for over 50 years!
“I am now studying a Mechanical Engineering degree at Teesside University which has allowed me to be involved in more complex work. I’d encourage anyone to apply for the scheme.”
Opportunities are available at British Engines Group sites in Cramlington, Walker, South Shields and Longbenton. Successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day at TDR Training on the Quorum Park in Longbenton.