Koyo Bearings Europe has become the latest South Yorkshire engineering firm to benefit from a drive to boost the standard of apprentice training.
The Barnsley firm has been working with Brinsworth Academy of Engineering in Rotherham on a development scheme, known as the Employer Ready Apprenticeship, tailored to the skills needs of its trainee engineers.
The Employer Ready Apprenticeship programme has been modelled on traditional Engineering Industry Training Board approach, which proved successful for many years, until the board was abolished by John Major’s Conservative government in the mid-1990s.
Now Koyo trainees Kieran Orange, Blake Marsland-Gray and Jacob Butterfield have completed the first ERA training scheme at the company and Koyo is planning to take on three more ERA trainees next year.
Mark Scanlan, training officer and the apprenticeship project leader at Koyo Bearings Europe said: “We recognised some time ago how important it was to invest in training our own apprentices to ensure that they have the skills and abilities to enable us to contribute to development of the organisation.
“With the ERA programme, apprentices spend longer at the Academy of Engineering developing the required skills to make them more effective in their roles. The aim is that when they join a company like ours they are already well on the way to being productive and can make a difference from the start of their employment”.
Brinsworth Academy of Engineeringb business development director Paul Reeves said: “More and more employers are looking at the ERA programme as a worthwhile investment in their future workforce and we are seeing some excellent young people progress from the Academy into a successful career in engineering.
“This programme is modelled on the traditional EITB model that was successful many years ago. We have added a modern slant by including disciplines such as CAD/CAM and CNC machining and maintenance.”