Global engineering and scientific technologies company Renishaw has revealed it plans to recruit 45 apprentices across its business in 2017.
The places at the Gloucestershire firm will be open in its technical engineering, manufacturing engineering, software and embedded electronic systems design and development engineering.
Applications for the sought-after apprenticeships with the Wotton-under-Edge-headquartered business close at the end of National Apprenticeship Week on March 17th, 2017.
“Because Renishaw delivers such a wide range of technologies, the opportunities for apprentices are vast,” explained Peter Bowler, group human resources manager at Renishaw.
“As well as operating a world class manufacturing facility, we have operations all over the globe.
“This means our staff may have the opportunity to work at a number of different locations on cutting edge and exciting projects, from metal 3D printing to software for neurosurgery.”
Renishaw’s manufacturing engineering and technical engineering apprenticeships are aimed at young people qualified to GCSE or A-level standard.
During the first year apprentices attend Gloucestershire Engineering Training full time, before moving onto six month placements in the business for the final two or three years of the scheme.
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During this time, they will also study for a Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma on a day-release basis. After completing the apprenticeship there is also the possibility of working towards a honours degree in engineering.
The company also has positions available on its higher apprenticeship schemes for students who have just completed their A levels.
On these software and embedded electronics schemes, apprentices have the opportunity to work on real life engineering problems whilst studying for a degree.
Renishaw’s software engineering apprenticeship runs in partnership with the University of Exeter. The embedded electronics scheme is accredited by the University of the West of England and delivered by Gloucester College.
“Renishaw is committed to developing the skills of young people having offered places every year since taking our first apprentice in 1979 and we currently have 130 in training,” added Mr Bowler.
“An apprenticeship at Renishaw combines a strong practical element with a theoretical background. This ensures that Renishaw’s apprentices are equipped with the right skills to tackle the complex engineering challenges of the future.”
Renishaw has celebrated the talents of numerous award-winning apprentices. Tom Silvey, a CNC Applications Engineer, was awarded the Frederic Barnes Waldron Award in 2016 by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and he was also named Outstanding Apprentice of the Year at the 2012 Gloucestershire Apprenticeships Awards.
In addition, Lucy Ackland, a former Renishaw apprentice was awarded the 2014 Women’s Engineering Society Prize which is awarded to a young female engineer who is able to engage and inspire young people's involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
A Renishaw apprenticeship open evening in December 2016 was attended by 250 people.