A SHEFFIELD firm that hadn’t taken on a trainee for 20 years has won a prestigious award for its dedication to training, skills and apprentices.
DavyMarkham relaunched its in-house apprenticeship scheme after a team of company turnaround experts, led by Sheffield-born Kevin Parkin, saved the firm from closure and laid the foundations for its resurgence as a world beating heavy engineering business.
Following a management buy-out that culminated in the 180 year old Darnall firm’s sale to a $1 billion turnover Indian engineering and infrastructure group, the firm now boasts that one in four of its shop-floor workforce is now an apprentice, aged under 21.
Now, the company has been presented with a Westfield Health-sponsoredNational Skills’ Award by the Engineering Employers’ Federation.
Mr Parkin, who leaves the business next week, to pursue new business and turnaround opportunities, said: “This award is a national recognition of the efforts that everyone at DavyMarkham has contributed to by making apprentice training a key business priority.
“The future of manufacturing is dependant upon a constant supply of well trained, motivated and highly skilled people. We all have a duty to make sure that we impart the knowledge we have all learned onto these young people.”
Mr Parkin says launching the apprenticeship programme hadshowed workers that the firm had a future.
“That was a real mark in the sand and gave the employees the confidence that the business was there to stay,” said Mr Parkin, who also praised the role Business and Education South Yorkshire had played.