This week we’re supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2016 and celebrating the positive impact our apprentices have on our business, workforce and the wider economy.
Since our apprenticeship scheme began, we’ve trained, developed and coached hundreds of apprentices – many of which now hold senior positions within Ideal Boilers.
Currently, we have three apprentices on our apprentice scheme, with a further two positions open to application.
What does our engineering apprentice scheme involve?
We’re committed to developing the next generation of specialised engineers and have apprenticeships in a multitude of disciplines including R&D, Production and Facilities Engineering.
Each engineering apprentice starts their training with a full time 40-week programme at HETA, an engineering training provider in Hull with whom Ideal Boilers have had a long and successful relationship. HETA training introduces our apprentices to the principles of mechanical, electrical, electronic and instrumentation engineering, giving them a solid foundation for their future career at Ideal Boilers.
Upon completion of their first year at HETA, each apprentice then joins Ideal Boilers in a full time role and is assigned a mentor. Initially shadowing their mentor, our apprentices are actively involved in live projects to get a feel for engineering in a business environment, before moving onto running projects of their own.
Throughout their four or five year apprenticeship, our apprentices are supported, challenged and given real responsibility.
What are an apprentices’ career prospects?
That’s up to our apprentices! Each apprentice is given the training, development and support needed to take their career as far as they want it to go, being encouraged to broaden the scope of their role through lateral development or promotion. In many cases, our apprentices go on to complete a University Degree fully supported by the company, as well as undertake further professional qualifications if they wish.
Apprenticeship success stories:
Tony Roydhouse – Project Manager
Tony chose an apprenticeship with Ideal Boilers as a means of gaining new qualifications, hands on experience and to learn a trade. Most importantly for him it meant employment and career progression. Starting as an Apprentice Development Engineering in 1987, Tony completed 4 years of training to become a Development Engineer and quickly progressed to a Senior Development Engineer.
Tony explains: “From being a Senior Development Engineer, I moved into functional management and became a Development Manager, becoming responsible for the department that I started my apprenticeship in. I am now a Programme Manager and have been lucky enough to work on a number of domestic and commercial boiler projects including the Logic platform and our new Imax Extra EL.
“My apprenticeship enabled me to gain relevant qualifications directly linked to my role, but also instilled a learning discipline which allowed me to take the leap from engineering into a Business Degree, as well as achieve Chartered Manager status.”
When asked what advice he’d give to someone starting an apprenticeship, Tony suggested “Embrace learning and every opportunity afforded to you to gain experience.”
For more information about Ideal Boilers’ apprentice scheme contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about National Apprentice Week 2016, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2016