Whether they had taken to it like a duck to water or struggled, steel and engineering company chiefs taking part in the ‘Back to the Floor’ initiative were united in their praises of the apprentices and training standards at the AMRC Training Centre.
“The apprentices are much more diligent than they were when I did my apprenticeship, said Clive Porter, managing director of Canklow-based precision engineers Darron SBO.
“The environment is superb, and the instructors have been superb.”
Newburgh Engineering’s chairman, Vince Middleton, also praised the centre.
“The Training Centre is exceedingly professional and well organised,” said Mr Middleton.
“The quality of the kit and everything in here is brilliant. This beats anything that anyone has as a facility. I’ve not seen anywhere in 30 years that’s as well run and which suits our needs. It’s brilliant to see because it’s the lifeblood of what we do.”
Centre training director Alison Bettac said the event had brought home to her the high standards of the apprentices who had been recruited.
“Everyone says the expectations of their apprentices has been very high,” she said.
We weren’t here to do a slapdash job, and if we did we were picked up on it.
“I found that not only do we have great apprentices but budding trainers for the future.
“We all found that our apprentices are far in advance of what we thought they were going to be.”