This year HepcoMotion has again reaffirmed its commitment to modern apprenticeship. The company first participated in the scheme in 1993, and since then a minimum of four apprentices per year have joined the HepcoMotion ranks.
In 2012 HepcoMotion took the unprecedented step of engaging higher apprentices as well as advanced apprentices. Respectively they combine in-house practical training with study for either HND/degree or HNC/BTEC qualification.
Training Manager Bob Gregory explains: “Normally sufficient advanced apprentices feed through onto higher education to fulfil the company’s need for higher-qualified technicians and professional engineering staff. But last year demand outstripped supply.”
Accordingly, in 2012, HepcoMotion decided to adopt a fast-track approach by recruiting two apprentices with A-level qualifications to go straight on to higher level studies, as well as three advanced apprentices. This initiative has indeed bridged the gap, allowing HepcoMotion to resume its standard strategy this year.
As a result, this year two HepcoMotion higher apprentices have been drawn from previous years’ intake of advanced apprentices. They are Connor Gowan and Will Parr, who have completed their National Diplomas with excellent results.
Bob Gregory continues: “Both have demonstrated exceptional ability both at college and in the workplace and have been involved in the design and construction of several important engineering projects. They clearly have bright futures with the company.”
To restore the balance, three new apprentices joined HepcoMotion in August; Robert Hardie, Oliver Manning and Shane Hancock.
To find out more about modern apprenticeships with HepcoMotion, visit www.hepcomotion.com.