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Metalcraft

Read the testimonials from two of Metalcraft's apprentices and find out why apprenticeships have long been an integral part of the Metalcraft recruitment and training programme. Metalcraft has now reached a significant milestone in recruiting over 500 apprentices over the past 102 years.


Background

Metalcraft has a prestigious heritage, having manufactured the key magnet and vessel parts for the first MRI machine developed for clinical use. They also manufactured over 4Km of the accelerator ring for the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

Apprenticeships have long been an integral part of the Metalcraft recruitment and training programme and in 2016 Metalcraft celebrated their centenary of training apprentices. Metalcraft has now reached a significant milestone in recruiting over 500 apprentices over the past 102 years.

Training and Qualifications:

Metalcraft has used the College of West Anglia in Wisbech to provide their academic training to apprentices. On completion of the 4 to 5 year apprenticeship they are awarded a minimum of a Level 3 NVQ. Metalcraft also encourages apprentices to continue academic training up to and including a degree which Metalcraft sponsor.

Why employ an apprentice? 

“We employ over 150 people in our business: 50% of our business started as apprentices, including a large majority of the senior management team. Apprentices are the life blood of our business and an integral part of our growth plan. It’s about providing training, expertise and opportunities; our business is all about people.” 
 

Austen Adams, Divisional Managing Director

What our apprentices have to say 

 'Completing an apprenticeship gave me a fantastic understanding on the basics of engineering and helped me decide on my career path. I'm now doing a degree which Metalcraft are sponsoring, therefore at the end of it I'll have both my apprenticeship qualification and a University degree, but without any of the debt.'
 

Ryan Wilson - Manufacturing Engineer

 'It was a bit daunting starting an apprenticeship in a male dominated environment, however the boys seem to be more scared of me and not just the apprentices! Doing an apprenticeship will give me both academic and practical training so at the end of 5 years I'll be qualified, and have some great employability skills too. Plus, I'm earning whilst I'm learning, what's not to like!!!'
 

Shelby Green - Second Year Apprentice

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