Results in the 2007 Apprentice of the Year Scheme run by the EEF bear testimony to the training policy at HepcoMotion. Apprentice Richard Kelland came joint second in the Western region of the competition and received his certificate and prize after the finals in Weston-super-Mare in December 2007.
In 2006 HepcoMotion apprentice Katie Webber won the overall title but, given the change in the competition's regional structure, Richard's achievement is equally impressive. Historically the competition has been run across six regions but, in 2007, this was reduced to just three. As a result, the Western region, into which HepcoMotion falls, now comprises Somerset as well as Devon and Cornwall.
Bob Gregory, HepcoMotion's Training Manager, comments: "The increased size of our region meant that Richard was up against the combined might of Devonport Dockyards and Westland Agusta in this round and still secured a joint second place. We are delighted by his achievement."
Richard's apprentice piece is a type of air engine with three cylinders in radial configuration. Gregory states: "It's an impressive kit that has run effectively at speeds up to 4000rpm."
HepcoMotion has a long history of apprentice training. Many in its management team have come up through the ranks following qualification. Ray Hall, Managing Director, says: "All of us in British engineering have a responsibility to promote the benefits of a career in this sector. This competition is a reminder that there is a lot of excellent young talent out there. They are the future of this industry and, from HepcoMotion's point of view, that gives me great confidence in the company's continued commercial success."