Forty five apprentices are up for grabs at one of the nation’s foremost engineering firms – based here in Gloucestershire – but time is running out to put your name forward.
Landing at apprenticeship is finally resuming the kind of status champions of the route to work have longed for – but gaining a place at a firm which can deliver is equally important.
If one firm can do that and has proved it time and time again it is Wotton-under-Edge-headquartered Renishaw – which has 45 apprentices up for grabs, but closes the door on entries for 2017 tomorrow (Friday).
Sir David McMurtry, the co-founder of the now world-wide firm and now chairman and chief executive, said: “I applied for an apprenticeship in Bristol. I left school at 18 and they didn’t recognise my qualifications. So they offered me a craft apprenticeship Grade 1.I didn’t know what it meant, but I was up for it.”
Sir David went on to help create a firm which today employs more than 2,000 staff in the county and is involved in everything from the medical and aerospace sector to almost every aspect of the broad spectrum of engineering sector.
It has 130 apprenticeships on its books, some of which speak on the firm’s promotional video. It runs courses in engineering, software, electronic development and design.
Ninety-five per cent of the company’s sales come from exports, and it has more than 70 offices in 33 countries around the world.
Immediately post the Autumn Statement 2016 the firm hosted a behind-closed-doors visit by the Prime Minister Theresa May and her Chancellor, Philip Hammond.
Its hook line, which is uses on its promotional material, is “make a difference… become an engineer’.
A spokesman for the firm said: “A Renishaw apprenticeship comes with over 30 years of our experience and commitment in training and developing people as part of our award winning scheme.
“You will gain hands-on experience and nationally recognised qualifications through education, training and work-based placements.
“Through our scheme you will get the opportunity to learn from and work with experienced colleagues. You will take part in exciting and challenging work placements, working on real projects and products that shape the future of engineering.”
Who better to give the last word to than the engineer who started the Renishaw ball rolling.
“Keep your eyes open for the opportunities and where you might want to work. It could be surgical robots or you might want to work in 3D printing. There opportunities are here,” said Sir David.
To find out more visit the Renishaw website. To find out more about apprenticeship opportunities in teh county follow Gloucestershire Media's #Futureapprentice campaign.