Tuesday, January 6, 2015

News: Brinsworth Training apprentices join Alcoa

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Rotherham-based Brinsworth Training has worked successfully with US firm, Alcoa to support 14 new engineering apprentices at its two former Firth Rixson sites in Sheffield.


In November, lightweight metals leader, Alcoa completed the acquisition of Firth Rixson, a global leader in aerospace jet engine components, in a deal worth £1.7 billion. The company recently secured a deal to supply Boeing with aluminum sheet and plate products in a multiyear contract valued at more than $1 billion.

The apprentices are currently undergoing up to 14 weeks of intensive, basic training at Brinsworth Training in Rotherham. With state of the art facilities at Templeborough, specialist and bespoke engineering training is provided to leading local firms including AESSEAL, KP, Kostal and Premier Foods.

Nine apprentices are based at the Meadowhall site and are being trained in machine operations and computer-controlled systems. Three apprentices at Ecclesfield will work in laboratories in the technical department.

Jen Bramley, operations director of Brinsworth Training, said: "As the manufacturing industry's fortunes are turned around they need staff with the right skills to carry out the work.

"And young people need the skills to do the jobs out there; so apprenticeships are a great way to marry the needs of both school leavers and industry."

After hearing about the Introduction 2 Engineering pilot run through the Academy of Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence (AMEE), 17-year-old Joseph Askham approached Brinsworth Training and spent eight weeks in the training centre learning bench fitting and engineering maintenance techniques.

AMEE delivers solutions identified by local employers to address sector skill and staff shortages. Part-funded by the government's Employer Ownership Fund, AMEE runs until 2017 and has a strategic advisory board made up of more than 20 employers from the engineering and manufacturing sector. It has a target of training up to 800 young people and placing 300 jobless into apprenticeships.

Joseph was also given support with interview techniques and CV and profile writing, before being offered the apprenticeship and is now studying for a level 3 qualification in mechanical engineering, initially at Brinsworth Training, before moving to spend more time at Alcoa.

Jo Banks, HR advisor at Alcoa, said: "What we look for in apprentice is someone with the aptitude and enthusiasm to do the job. Then we need to work closely with them to gain the skills and knowledge, which is why it is so good to have Brinsworth Training as a partner."

Brinsworth Training website
Alcoa website

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