Monday, September 8, 2008

News: Second year for local engineering apprenticeship scheme


The Engineer reports that Sheffield engineering firm, DavyMarkham is expanding their apprenticeship programme with the help of MetSkill of Sheffield, Rotherham College of Arts & Technology and the Strategic Training Partnership (STP) of Rotherham. The heavy engineering company predicts that by 2010, 20 per cent of its shop floor workers will be apprentices. Last autumn, the first set of seven apprentices started a three to four year programme, which will lead to NVQ Level Three and BTEC diploma qualifications. The company is now looking to recruit further trainees in September. Kevin Parkin, managing director of DavyMarkham, told The Engineer: "It was an important step for the company, because it meant we could recruit and train young people to take on the roles of our skilled tradesmen, who will one day retire." DavyMarkham’s works manager, Chris Bowler, who began his apprenticeship at the same site 27 years ago added: "Our first batch of apprentices has returned from intensive off-site training and are now being mentored by our skilled craftsmen, who are passing on their skills and continuing a tradition in Sheffield that dates back to the 15th century."


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