Directors at Applied Integration say the company’s six apprentices can follow in their footsteps by becoming the Teesside firm’s leaders of the future.
With three of the Stokesley company’s four directors having started their working lives as apprentices, they recently took their apprenticeship numbers to six.
It means that of Applied Integration’s 35-strong team, 17% are now apprentices.
New recruits Jack Gould and Hayden Cartwright have joined talented trainee engineers Jordan Wales, Craig McEvoy, Conner Harvey and Lucy Phenix on the firm’s apprenticeship programme.
Applied Integration director Lee Raywood, who began his career as a multi-skilled apprentice with IMS Lycrete in the early 1990s, says the company is investing in its long-term future.
The firm, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, are in the late stages of developing the state-of-the-art automation and safety-critical control systems for the UK’s future nuclear deterrent, four Astute class submarines for BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence.
“We’re employing an active role in looking towards the future by taking on the brightest prospects from the local area.
“Talented young people are the future of our industry and our business, so by ensuring that a steady stream of talented, well trained individuals pass through our doors, we’re laying the foundations for sustainable growth for years to come.
“We ultimately want to create a production line of talented, motivated and qualified engineers for our business.
“We want to encourage local talent to come into the engineering industry and develop what can be an exciting, challenging and lucrative career. While graduate recruitment remains critical for a business such as ours, apprenticeships are an excellent alternative to the traditional route into engineering of attending university.”
Fellow director Garry Lofthouse, himself a former apprentice instrument technician with ICI, added: “Our latest apprentices have been taken on as they have shown all the characteristics required to be a successful member of our team.
“As well as passing the aptitude tests with flying colours, both Jack and Hayden are ambitious, intelligent, willing to learn and, most importantly of all, they both show the desire necessary in order to build a career within the automation and controls industry.
“Our third year apprentices are now getting involved in commissioning and project work, which is fantastic for them and highlights for all six of our apprentices the potentially exciting careers they have ahead of them. They are all potentially future leaders of the business.”
He added: “Giving the most promising young engineers their first chance to succeed is the embodiment of Applied Integration’s core vision and values.
“We believe that in order to become a global centre of excellence in the delivery of complex control systems, we must employ the most promising young talent across Teesside.”
Applied Integration’s six-strong team of apprentices in instrumentation and controls are:
A former Macmillan Academy student, 20-year-old Jordan is now a third-year apprentice who is working towards a BSc in Instrumentation & Controls after successfully completing a HNC at Harlepool College.
One of two third-year apprentices who started out at Macmillan Academy, 18-year-old Craig recently completed a BTEC level 3 diploma in Engineering.
One of four former Macmillan Academy students who are now part of Applied Integration’s apprenticeship scheme, 17-year-old Conner is now in in his second year of studies for a BTEC level 3 diploma in Engineering at Middlesbrough College.
Having started her apprenticeship with Conner in September 2014, 18-year-old Lucy – a former student at Huntcliff Secondary School in Saltburn – is now attending Middlesbrough College studying for a BTEC level 3 diploma in Engineering.
Formerly a student at Middlesbrough’s Macmillan Academy, Jack is studying for a HNC in Instrumentation & Controls at Hartlepool College.
16-year-old Hayden, a former pupil of Northfield School and Sports College in Billingham, is in the first year of a BTEC level 3 diploma in Engineering, also at Hartlepool College.
• Pictured (above): Applied Integration director Garry Lofthouse (centre) with (from left) apprentices Craig McEvoy, Lucy Phenix, Hayden Cartwright, Conner Harvey, Jordan Wales and Jack Gould.