UK-based engineering specialist, Haden Freeman Ltd has further underlined its ongoing commitment to nurturing grass roots talent in the region with the introduction of its new Apprenticeship Scheme in partnership with Stockport College.
The specialist – which over the past 32 years has made a name for itself as one of the UK’s foremost multi-disciplinary engineering practices – is supporting budding engineers to develop the practical skills they need for a variety of careers in the process industries, complementing their studies at college.
It is hoped the scheme will encourage youngsters in the region to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering, with a view to addressing the industry’s ongoing skills gaps and boosting the region’s economy in the long term.
One of the firm’s new engineering apprentices is 20-year-old Guillaume Simpson, who works four days a week working at Haden Freeman and one day studying a Higher National Diploma at Stockport College. Guillaume is primarily focusing on developing his knowledge on piping layouts and processes, as well as piping and instrumentations processes.
Newly appointed Guillaume, said: “The company is definitely well-known in the area and has a fantastic reputation, even among young engineers like myself. I am lucky to be learning from some great people who have worked in the industry for a long time and are able to offer constant advice and mentorship.
“I decided to study an Apprenticeship rather than university because I place high value on experience; Apprenticeships offer the chance to gain this, alongside my studies. Balancing my studies with my time at work was challenging at first but I have managed to plan and adapt. It is great to show what I have learned and put those skills into practice every day.”
Ian Dunkley, Project Director at Haden Freeman, said: “We are passionate about investing in young talent to ensure they have the skills both they and the industry need. What better way to do so than nurture this ourselves within our own company? We also see this as an opportunity to keep talent in the region as we hope the apprentice we take on stay with us for many years.
“Apprenticeships are often only considered an option for 16-18 year olds, but as part of our scheme we offer these to those like Guillaume, who are 19 or above. We’re also delighted to be working with Stockport College, offering its students hands-on training and great career progressions without the £9,000 yearly university tuition.”
Simon Andrews, Principal at Stockport College, said: “We pride ourselves on offering students a variety of avenues into the working world. University isn’t always right for everyone and Apprenticeships are a fantastic option for those who want to earn-while-they-learn, with great career progression. We work with a wide range of employers in the region, just like Haden Freeman, to give our students the skills and experience they need for the future.”