Skills and training are two issues that are close to Baker Blower managing director Stephen Walker’s heart.
Mr Walker, who has been in engineering for 45 years, working as either a director or managing director for two thirds of that time, also helps with business engagement in the East Midlands.
He is also a STEM Ambassador, encouraging school pupils to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and consider engineering as a career; and is involved in SEMTA, the engineering industry skills training agency.
“Engineering has become more technical and, from the point of view of recruiting youngsters, science and maths is absolutely critical,” says Mr Walker.
Although only a small firm, Baker Blower employs an apprentice and is retraining workers in house to create a multi-skilled workforce.
“It’s something engineering companies need to do a lot more of,” says Mr Walker.
“Government support for the apprentice training scheme is of paramount importance now.”