adi Group Supports National Apprenticeship Week 2017
adi Group is joining thousands of businesses and colleges in helping to raise awareness of National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March).
Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
Now in its 10th consecutive year, National Apprenticeship Week will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.
The Group formalised its commitment to the next generation of engineering Apprentices in 2014 with the launch of its own designated Apprentice Academy.
Apprentices at adi follow a two or three year programme in any area of the business, from working with the central administration team to placements in the mechanical, electrical, automotive, compressor services or facilities engineering divisions of our business. The adi Apprenticeship programme comprises four days a week within the workplace, and one day a week at college, completing a Level 2 and Level 3 National Vocational Qualification and Technical Certificate.
Speaking about his experiences as an adi Apprentice, Kyle Sterry, one of the Group’s Fabrication and Welding Apprentices commented:
“I started immediately, and not really knowing what to expect it was really great to get stuck into practical working and projects straight away.”
I started with the basics like cutting materials for the other engineers, and as I built more skills and developed my welding I moved onto more standalone opportunities where I was working on projects by myself. I was the first engineering apprentice within our Southern Division, but now I also look after another apprentice, which is helping me to develop mentoring skills at the same time.”
“I think skills development while working is what makes apprenticeships such a great way to get into engineering, and adi Group has such a hands on approach it means the experience is invaluable.”
Alan Lusty, Chief Executive Officer added:
“Apprenticeships are a big part of adi Group’s talent stream. While we have trained apprentices for years, the relatively recent issues of skills preservation and shortfall of new talent into the industry means they have taken on a new importance.”
“We currently have 16 apprentices within the Group, many of which are spending a lot of their time on site work as they come to the end of their programmes. It’s extremely rewarding to watch our apprentices develop and see them go from being a trainees to managing projects themselves.”BACK TO ARTICLES