This week is National Apprenticeship Week 2020. At DRB our award-winning apprenticeship scheme is something we are really proud of and our apprentices play an incredibly important role in the business. In fact, 15% of our workforce are either current or graduate apprentices.

We first started recruiting apprentices over 25 years ago in response to the shortage of skilled workers within the engineering industry, since then we have supported many people from the early first day of their apprenticeship right through to progressing to roles as senior engineers and managers.

Many of our apprentices come to us straight from local schools or FE colleges, and we work closely with our local college Coleg Cambria to develop effective processes and ensure that relevant skills which are needed in business are covered.

We also encourage an apprentice exchange scheme with many of our clients. Ideally, we want to retain our apprentices but we also recognise how important a wide range of experience is. Apprentice “swaps” with clients are one of the ways in which we have helped to offer our apprentices a broader experience, which enables them to improve their overall skills.

We also offer those still in full-time education work experience opportunities which can help young people to get a feel for what it might be like to work in a business like ours. On numerous occasions this has helped young people to make key decisions and has led to them joining our apprenticeship scheme.

The success of our apprentices and the growth in the business have meant that over the last five years our apprentice intake has increased year on year.

We expect this trend to continue and are always interested to hear from those considering an apprenticeship in any area associated with the engineering work we do here at DRB.

We love to see CVs from learners that show some hands-on experience (car/cycle repair etc) or some mechanical interest. From these we interview, shortlist and bring those shortlisted in for 2/3 day’s’ work experience. We encourage the parents to be heavily involved in the process.

If you are considering an apprenticeship then get in touch or if you know someone who might be interested please share this information with them. It could be the beginning of a successful career. To apply for our programme CVs should be forwarded to our QA & Training Manager Peter Holden – email – peter.holden@drbgroup.co.uk.

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