Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New: Newburgh Precision expands apprentice training school

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Newburgh Precision Ltd, the high-tech precision engineering sub-contractor with a facility in Rotherham, has expanded its apprentice training school and invested in new equipment, doubling in size, due to the new intake of apprentices.

With apprenticeships at the heart of the business, Newburgh celebrated its 75th year in 2014 and decided to split its two sites, Rotherham and Bradwell, into two separate businesses.

Newburgh Precision at Templeborough has unrivalled expertise in machining precision components. It specialises in manufacturing "cells" that include dedicated groups of resources operated by a team of multi-skilled individuals that are committed to producing a product or products for one customer. Newburgh's customers come from the UK and around the globe, in the nuclear, defence, oil and gas, petrochemical, aerospace and power generation industries.

Part of the 85,000 sq ft Rotherham facility is currently being used by The Proving Factory, the £22m manufacturing initiative that will take low-carbon vehicle technologies designed by small high-tech British companies and university research departments and prove their viability in production to increase their chances of being adopted by major motor manufacturers.

Newburgh Precision are currently training six 2nd and 3rd year students with Newburgh Engineering in Bradwell currently having three 2nd year students. In addition Newburgh Precision are collaborating with The Proving Factory's component manufacturing operation to train eight 2nd year apprentices through its own apprentice training programme.

Due to the increased intake Newburgh Precision has added more machining resources, going from from 11 to 16 with three new centre lathes and two vertical milling machines.

Currently the apprentices have undergone initial training at the AMRC Training Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham and have joined the business to continue their learning to NVQ level 3 and beyond. All the apprentices are taking a multi path apprentice framework including extra CNC and manual units in milling, boring and turning enabling them to have a greater understanding of basic engineering principles.

A further six Tata Steel / The Proving Factory apprentices we will be on the Newburgh Precision site from the AMRC Training Centre in July 2015 after completing their first year training. A possible new intake of Newburgh apprentices is in the pipeline in the summer of 2015.

David Greenan, ‎managing director at Newburgh Precision, said: "The Newburgh Apprentice Scheme has seen our apprentices win national awards and we are proud to have been chosen by The Proving Factory to train their component machining apprentices."

Today, the company employs 148 employees (20% of which are current apprentices) over the two facilities. Around 90% of Newburgh staff are apprentice-trained, including all management right up to the present managing director, David Greenan. Its turnover has grown to over £11m - an impressive feat during a recession.

Newburgh Precision website

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