The facilities engineering and specialized services business is launching a program to expand its apprenticeship scheme from 10 to 15 % of the full total workforce on the next 2 yrs.
The move marks Nationwide Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February) and forms section of Edwin James Group’s ambitious development plans.
According to statistics from the Organization of Engineering and Technologies (IET), requirement for engineers continues to go up, but 53 % of firms are worried a shortage of engineers in the united kingdom is a threat with their business. Businesses are reporting internal abilities gaps which are widening disparities over the panel from apprentices and trainees to fully-qualified professionals.
Smith said: “At the same time when the engineering industry is facing a abilities shortage, apprenticeship schemes tend to be more essential than ever to greatly help younger people forge a lifetime career in the challenging marketplace. For Edwin James, establishing talent from within is key to the near future growth of our Team.
“We’ve a strong history of supporting youthful people in to the sector, sufficient reason for the growth of our apprenticeship scheme, that is established to continue. However, not all our apprentices stick to the original path, joining at 16 or 18. We’ve many success tales of co-workers that join the Team and transfer to an apprenticeship or teaching and qualifications later within their careers.”