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Apprentices honoured at Renishaw graduation ceremony

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 26 October 2017 11:16

Apprentices honoured at Renishaw graduation ceremony

Renishaw, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, celebrated the graduation of 36 talented apprentices this week at its innovation centre in Wotton-Under-Edge.

The firm, which employs 4,000 people worldwide and specialises particularly in precision measurement and health care, also recognised the work of some of its most promising apprentices who are currently working their way through the challenging four year programme.

Renishaw began its apprenticeship scheme in 1979 and currently has 133 apprentices in training across the South West, South Wales and Gloucestershire.

This year, five new award categories were introduced in recognition of the increased diversity of the business. During 2017 the company has employed 41 apprentices across its engineering, software, and embedded electronic systems design/development schemes.

The software apprenticeship is unique in its field with apprentices working towards a BSc honours degree in systems engineering over three to five years, which covers software, electronics and mechatronics, while gaining in-house training at the company.

Opening the ceremony, Renishaw’s head of communications Chris Pockett said: “To have the words ‘Renishaw Apprentice’ on your CV really means something these days. It’s a great start to your career. As Renishaw’s reputation has grown, to become an apprentice here has become ever more competitive.

“We are a globally successful business now – Renishaw has become a reference point for UK manufacturing, with our achievements recognised at the highest levels.

“Well done to everyone who is graduating today and to those who have been nominated for awards.”

His words were echoed by Professor Gareth Hankins, director of group manufacturing services division, who himself joined Renishaw as an apprentice aged 16.

“Your career can take you wherever you want it to - any role is possible,” he said – pointing out that the company’s founders, Sir David McMurtry and John Deer, both started out as apprentices themselves.

Award certificates to the 36 graduates were presented by Renishaw’s marketing communications manager Diane Canadine, and Rebecca Bound, education outreach officer.

The ceremony then recognised those individuals who excelled during the year, awarding prizes to the best first, second, third and fourth year student; best embedded electronic systems apprentice; best software apprentice; best manufacturing apprentice, best technical apprentice; plus a special STEM award for contributing to Renishaw’s schools outreach programme.

Mr Pockett said:  “We’ve been running these awards 31 years now - and it started off with just one award. Because of the size of our apprenticeship cohort now, we felt that we need to add more awards to recognise the increasingly diverse areas that we are working within.

Third year manufacturing apprentice Stephen Pickles was named Outstanding Apprentice of the Year 2017, having also taken away awards for Best 3rd year apprentice and best manufacturing apprentice. His contribution to the company’s STEM outreach programme was also noted.

Mr Hankins said: “We employed our first apprentice in 1979 when the company was less than six years old and have continued to invest in apprenticeships even during times of economic difficulty.”

One of Renishaw’s most successful former apprentices is Lucy Ackland, now a senior development engineer for the company, who started out aged 16 and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2012, all funded by the company.

In December 2014, Lucy was awarded the Women’s Engineering Society prize at the IET’s Young Woman of the Year awards for her work to inspire young students to follow STEM-based careers. This year, she been selected as one of the UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2017.

Renishaw supplies products for a diverse range of specialisms, from jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing – also referred to as metal 3D printing – where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines that ‘print' parts from metal powder.

Earlier this year Renishaw was highly commended in the graduate employer benefits category at The Job Crowd Awards 2017in recognition of its graduate employee benefits package, which includes a nine per cent non-contributory pension, annual pay rises, discretionary bonuses, BUPA healthcare and on-site gym. 

“A graduate role at Renishaw is flexible, so employees can explore the different options available and identify the career path they wish to pursue,” explained Sam Bishop, of the personnel department at Renishaw.

“Renishaw offers graduates a platform to develop and progress quickly. As a global company, we offer hundreds of possible career paths across the world from additive manufacturing to software for neurosurgery.”

And the winners were ...

Best 1st Year Apprentice 2017

Lucy Spiteri-Beale

The Byron Wherett Award for Best 2nd Year Apprentice 2017

Declan Frost

The Byron Wherett Award for Best 3rd Year Apprentice 2017

Steven Pickles

The Gary Peake Award for Best 4th Apprentice 2017

Alex Thorne

Best Embedded Electronic Systems Apprentice 2017

Adrian Clarke

Best Software Apprentice 2017

Mark Parsons

Best Manufacturing Apprentice 2017

Steven Pickles

Best Technical Apprentice 2017

James Staley

Contribution to STEM 2017

Daniel French

Outstanding Apprentice of the Year 2017

Steven Pickles

 

 

 

 

 

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