Monday, January 13, 2014

News: Numill work with RCAT to grow with apprentices

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Sheffield engineering firm, Numill Ltd, is helping the local economy and young workforce by employing apprentices from Rotherham College of Arts & Technology (RCAT).

Numill specialises in reclaiming machine consumable cutting tools and also provides design, manufacture and modification services. It serves all sectors of cutting tool users including automotive, rail, oil and gas and aerospace in the home market as well as servicing a widespread client base across Europe and Scandinavia.

Abigail Bambrook, 20 from Sheffield, started working at Numill in November 2013 doing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering at RCAT. Abigail has progressed well in her role and is quickly becoming an asset to the team.

Abigail said: "Getting my apprenticeship at Numill was so exciting and it will help me achieve my dream of being an engineer."

They are not only bringing new fresh talent into the company but they are nurturing the potential of their existing staff. Nathan Brooks, 20 from Rotherham, who recently completed his Advanced Apprenticeship is now studying an ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management with Rotherham College to help him develop his managerial skills. He has played a key role in Abigail's training by giving her instruction and supporting her in her progression.

Anne Wilson, managing director at Numill, said: ""Apprentices are vital to the future of Numill. We have an ageing workforce whose skills will be lost if not transferred to younger people. Apprentices also bring new skills in to the organisation. All three of our young people have settled in to their roles and the team extremely well."

The Engineering department at RCAT has recently undergone a huge transformation to create an Engineering Centre of Excellence in Rotherham town centre. The college secured £800,000 from the Skills Funding Agency's Enhanced Renewal Grant to improve the hospitality and catering facilities and to upgrade the working environments in the Engineering department.

RCAT was recently given a rating of "Good" by Ofsted inspectors, and two of its departments, Construction and Visual and Performing Arts, earned the top rating of "Outstanding."

Numill website

Images: RCAT

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