Metsec has recently recruited a further 5 apprentices into our in-house apprentice scheme. We still remain one of the few Engineering companies to run an in-house scheme, without any external support. To date Metsec have trained 43 apprentices, that now make up 14% of the workforce, well on the way to Metsec achieving the goal of 20% by 2020.
The first year apprenticeship is based in the Apprentice workshop attached to the toolroom. The apprentices will complete an NVQ level 2 entitled Performing Engineering Operations (PEO). The PEO gives the apprentices basic metal working skills in bench fitting, marking out, milling, lathe work, operating the pedestal drill and some basic assembly skills.
On completion of the first year the Apprentice then moves onto an Advanced Apprenticeship at level three which involves working in all departments at Metsec to gain a good understanding of how the business is run. During this time they have day release to a local college/training provider to gain a level three Technical certificate to compliment the NVQ level 3 gained at Metsec.