Power management company Eaton is now helping young people to acquire a wide range of practical engineering and production skills by operating a comprehensive four-year apprenticeship scheme at the company’s manufacturing site in Worksop.
The apprentices are primarily recruited from local technical colleges, which work closely with Eaton to identify suitable candidates.
The scheme has been carefully formulated to equip the apprentices with skills that will be invaluable to them throughout their careers and involves working in every department of the factory including the tool making department and the injection moulding shop as well as the product assembly areas.
It also includes a college release arrangement that allows the apprentices to gain theoretical knowledge that will complement and enhance the practical elements of their training. And, in an example of the continual close co-operation between Eaton and educational establishments, the college lecturers frequently visit the factory to gain for themselves up-to-date first-hand knowledge of the processes in which the apprentices are involved.
“Eaton as an organisation is committed to supporting the growth and development of its employees at all levels,” said Neil Gill, Plant Manager for Eaton’s Worksop manufacturing operations, “and our apprenticeship scheme, of which we are very proud, is an excellent example of that commitment in action.”
“Not only does the scheme provide training of the very highest standard, it also gives the apprentices an outstanding opportunity to start building a career in the Eaton organisation. And the possibilities for progression within Eaton are almost limitless – in fact, two of the members of the current leadership team at Worksop started their careers as apprentices here.”
While all of the apprentices at Eaton’s Worksop site receive comprehensive and broad-based training, many also receive further training biased toward a specific job function for which the company knows it is likely to have a future requirement. This increases the probability of the apprentices being offered a permanent post after completing the training, and is helping the company to maintain its exceptionally high apprentice retention rate.
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