Wednesday, September 12, 2012

News: MTL Group recognise the contribution of their apprentices


Rotherham-based MTL Group has held its first apprenticeship awards to recognise the importance and contribution that its apprentices have made to the continued growth of the manufacturing specialist.

MTL Group is one of Europe's fastest growing project manufacturing specialists in the metal sector and is a global supplier of secondary steelwork.

It works with a global blue-chip customer base in the defence, construction equipment, rail and off-shore wind energy sectors.

Moving to a £5m, 300,00 sq ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Brinsworth in 2011, MTL currently has around 380 employees, 22 of these are apprentices.

The awards which included "Most Sustained Apprentice", "Most Improved Apprentice" and "Special Achievement" were presented by managing director Dr Henry Shirman and operations director Darren Bradley.

The awards recognised the apprentices for excelling in the engineering field the effort and quality of the work produced over the past year.

Dr Henry Shirman, managing director at MTL, said: "Over the past number of years we have supported our apprentices and are recognising their efforts.

"It has been identified that there is a shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. For these youngsters it is a fantastic opportunity for them to grow and for the upcoming apprentices to follow suit being acknowledged for their contributions at MTL Group."

The event also welcomed family members of the apprentices so that they too could share in the success and also recognises the importance of apprentices in industry.

Anita Adams, HR manager at MTL, concluded: "Over the past few years, the number of apprentices has grown significantly, and they all play a fundamental part in the future success of the business."

MTL underwent a management buyout in 2006 and has doubled its turnover in the last five years to £50m. Since moving to Rotherham, export sales have almost doubled to £7.3m.

MTL Group website

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