New drive to close skills gap

Vincent Middleton
Vincent Middleton
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Advanced manufacturing specialist Newburgh Engineering is backing an initiative to bring together business and education leaders to find ways of helping youngsters to gain the knowledge they need to pursue a career in engineering.

The company, which has factories in Rotherham and the Hope Valley, is sponsoring a dinner in the Cutlers’ Hall, organised by Business and Education South Yorkshire and Sheffield City Council in the run up to the Global Manufacturing Festival, which takes place in March, with activities focused on the week commencing March 13.

Newburgh’s managing director, Vincent Middleton, said: “As a business, we recognise how vital it is to invest in developing the next generation of highly skilled engineers for the future. There are huge opportunities for young people within the engineering and manufacturing sector and by working more closely with schools, this region’s businesses will ensure they can remain competitive on a global scale.

“As we are in the precision engineering sector, we rely on the skill and expertise of our staff and this can only be achieved through investment in skills and recruiting young people who can receive the in-depth training they need to meet our exacting standards. We need to recruit top engineers who can help us to stay at the top of our game.

“It is very exciting to be involved with Sheffield’s first Global Manufacturing Festival, with the ultimate beneficiaries being young people looking to develop a career in this sector and the companies that employ them.”

Newburgh recently secured contracts to supply components to nuclear power companies Westinghouse and Toshiba. Earlier this month, it won a second contract worth more than a million pounds with a major power generation company.

The company has already shown its commitment to training young people by becoming a driving force behind the New Era for Apprentices Programme, to create a highly skilled breed of young engineers, after it found it extremely difficult to recruit skilled staff of the right calibre.

Newburgh has since recruited apprentices from the scheme.