Princes launched their Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme in 2013.

The scheme provides Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprenticeships across the UK Manufacturing sites including an HNC qualification over a 4 year framework.  The Company will have 42 Apprentices at various stages of their apprenticeship journey by September 2016.

As the Apprenticeship Scheme covers the majority of the manufacturing sites across the UK, the programme is overseen for consistency and quality of provision by our Partner, Midland Group Training Services (MGTS).  Their role is to ensure training is delivered in accordance with the agreed framework as well as confirming any additional elements of training required by the Company are undertaken.  They also act as a Mentor and support to the apprentices and in conjunction with the Company Mentors, regularly meet with them at the training provider or on site to discuss progress.

The first 12 months of the apprenticeship is typically off-the-job training at a local college or training provider, attending site outside of term time.  Years two to four are a combination of day release to complete the technical qualifications including BTEC and HNC, followed by 4 days on site, supported by a Company Mentor to complete the NVQ aspects of the apprenticeship through on-the-job knowledge and activity such as projects and technical training and development as and when required.  The Company also selects additional training units and modules to enhance the skills of the apprentice to ensure they are learning and developing skills relevant to their site. 

For Years three and four, apprentices are typically on a shift rotation, working as part of the Engineering team, further developing their knowledge and experience.

From Year 2 onwards, apprentices are given projects and activities to complete that add value and deliver improvements to processes and potentially cost savings.  These projects support the requirements of the apprenticeship framework and again work to develop their knowledge and experience and working as part of their site Engineering team.

Apprenticeships are a key to growing and developing our own in-house talent within Engineering, ensuring our Engineering function has the required skills and knowledge to support our site capabilities and developments going forward.

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