Investment in youth to bridge skills gap

It is well publicised that nationwide there is a severe shortage of youngsters opting for a career in engineering. A prediction by EngineeringUK - the industry body that promotes engineers and engineering – claims that between 2010 and 2020 engineering enterprises will have 2.74 million job openings and of those 1.86 million are likely to require engineering skills.   It’s a situation that ETG’s engineering and developments company Hyfore is taking very seriously at its Coventry operations where three engineering apprentices are now employed with plans to add a further two this coming autumn.   Further, we know that some of our long standing team of skilled operators are approaching retirement so it is vital we recruit youngsters to not only fill the skills gap but benefit in training from the many years’ experience on offer.”   Over the past 2/3 years Sam Chadwick, Aiden Compton and Craig Maughan have been combining hands-on learning across the equipment in the Hyfore workshops with attendance at the Midlands Group Training Services Technical Academy in Coventry, where they have been using the exceptional facilities on offer towards achieving their NVQ 3.   The work experience in the Hyfore workshops has enabled the apprentices to develop their focus on specific skills. For example Sam, (22) has opted towards specialising in milling while Aiden and Craig – both a year behind Sam – are still undecided. Notwithstanding, all three have worked their way through the Hyfore operation, taking in CNC machining, CAD, all aspects of manual machining, inspection and general factory skills.   “This has to be the way forward, adds Darren. “There is such a skills shortage that ‘training our own’ means we can not only benefit from their skills development but we can bring these young engineers of the future up in our culture.”   ETG also has three apprentices employed in Southam. Chloe Reeve, Dean Terry and Simon Smart are training in Applications, Service and Pre-delivery inspection.

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