Contribution to Skills & Training Finalists 2022
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Most people within engineering will be aware of how difficult it is becoming to find and keep hold of good engineering people. This year ADC Electrical have worked with Primary Engineer to try and increase awareness of engineering within schools in the Northeast of England to help produce our next generation of engineers. Although we are thrilled to be a finalist for this award, it is hoped that this may in some small way help raise awareness of the Primary Engineer scheme and that others will see it value, and want to get involved themselves.
Edwin James Group
The EJ Academy is a hybrid physical and virtual internal training provider, covering technical, vocational and business/management training. The Academy supports all the businesses in the Edwin James Group, reflecting the group’s strong focus on learning & development and addressing the engineering skills gap. It underpins the EJ Group’s people strategy, from recruiting, selecting and onboarding new employees to engaging, retaining and supporting the development of our existing team, from apprentices through to the boardroom.
Mid Kent Electrical Engineering
The MKE Drives awareness training scheme is designed to give delegates the conﬁdence in all aspects of VSDs, as well as providing them with a point of contact and friendly face when experiencing issues. We believe that providing free of charge VSD training to our customer base eﬀectively gives them the ability to become more self-suﬃcient, which can only be considered a beneﬁt to all concerned.
We identified an impending lack of experience in the sector. An ageing workforce was set to take niche skills with them on retirement and new recruits showed little understanding of how to acquire necessary skills and knowledge. Our solution coupled specialist in-house training with apprenticeships through a local provider. The success of this hybrid approach has seen it applied across Westin Drives and our sister companies in the Group.
Rotamec Engineering Solutions
Rotamec, a turnkey stock, supply, service, and repair provider for a wide range of engineered products, offers young people a structured training programme. Rotamec offer work experience and apprenticeships to students with a burgeoning passion for the subject. A flexible approach to training allows learners to specialise in specific areas of interest while still learning the fundamentals – allowing young people to chase specific roles in engineering.