Manufacturing - Apprenticeships Sector in the Spotlight

Posted: 16th of October 2013 by Craig
A new film has been launched by the National Apprenticeship Service to encourage more young people to explore the wide range of Apprenticeship opportunities available in manufacturing and engineering. In the film, four former and current apprentices working in different roles across the sector, recount their experience and talk about how an Apprenticeship has benefitted them.

The four stars, who work for defence firm, MBDA Missile Systems, precision engineering manufacturer, Warren Services, yacht building and boat repairs business, Berthon Boat Company and multinational defence, security and aerospace company, BAE Systems, also talk about the breadth of skills they developed during their Apprenticeship and the importance of the sector to the economy.




Employers, led by Semta, the Sector Skills Council for the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sectors, are being encouraged to promote the film across the sector and to young people. The film will also be used by the National Apprenticeship Service in resource packs for schools and at careers events up and down the country. To view and share the film, visit www.apprentice.tv.

Sam Parker, 24, who features in the film, is currently doing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Marine Electrics at the Berthon Boat Company in Lymington, Hampshire. He said: "My Apprenticeship has given me an amazing opportunity to achieve a well-respected qualification, as well as gain valuable experience in an innovative, high growth industry. Within manufacturing and engineering there are so many different types of jobs, for all sorts of people. I hope the film will highlight to other young people just how rewarding an Apprenticeship is and encourage them to investigate the options available."

The other stars of the film are:
• Bethan Sherbourne (22), who completed a Higher Apprenticeship in Business Administration at MBDA Missile Systems in Lostock, Bolton and is now a senior procurement officer there. She was also recently named the Virgin Media Higher Apprentice of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards
• Darren Craigen (30), who completed a Higher Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering and now holds the role of CNC Milling Manager at Warren Services in Thetford, Norfolk
• Charlotte Tingley (23), who completed her Higher Apprenticeship in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and has since progressed to the role of Production Engineer at BAE Systems in Rochester, Kent. She was also awarded the Women's Engineering Society (WES) Prize at the 2012 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2012

Sarah Sillars OBE, chief executive at Semta, the Sector Skills Council for the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sectors said: "Apprenticeship starts in engineering and advanced manufacturing have increased by more than 85% in the past two years. However, engineering and manufacturing still has an image problem - we need more teachers and parents to understand apprenticeships will benefit their children and not somebody else's.

"The sector needs to recruit 82,000 people just to cover retirements up to 2016. Apprenticeships are key to tackling this issue -- providing individuals with the advanced skills and experience to not only set them on a successful career path, but also help ensure growth in what is one of the UK's priority sectors."

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