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NAW 2016 apprentices are vital to our business success

27/05/2016

National Apprenticeship Week  an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact apprentices have on individuals and our business.

With the 2015 Employer Skills Survey (ESS) stating that a growing number of jobs are being left unfilled because companies can’t find people with the right skills, there has never been a more important time to invest in training.

As a company that’s been supporting apprentices for over 50 years, we have seen the benefits first hand. Having trained many apprentices, we have gained a highly skilled, knowledgeable workforce that ensures we can manufacture world-leading products and provide the service to match.

From warehouse and production operatives through to welders and electricians, we offer apprenticeships for a wide range of roles. We work in partnership with a number of training providers including Damar and the Skills Company on schemes ranging from 12 to 18 months, and with SETA to offer four year apprenticeships. Working with these partners means that every apprentice gets the opportunity to benefit from specialist training facilities and practical experience on the shop floor at Street Crane as well as time at college to complete the academic part of the programme.  

elliot kitson street crane apprentice

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elliot kitson and Will Elliot, Street crane apprentices

As a family-run business, we pride ourselves on providing trainees with a friendly working environment and supportive team. As well as providing a structured development, programme, experienced mentors help to train each apprentice. Many of our employees have worked for us for many years so are ideally placed to provide this support and guidance.

We are always on the look out for talented people to join our business, so as part of NAW 2016, we will be taking part in an open day at the SETA Learning and Skills Academy. This event is a great way for young people to find out more about engineering apprenticeships and is one that Street fully supports.

Plugging the skills gap isn’t going to happen overnight, but we can all make a difference by continuing to invest and support our next generation of workers. Apprenticeships can be hard work but the benefits for individuals and businesses are vast. Apprentices that work their way up the ranks not only offer an invaluable skill set, but become role models for our younger employees, resulting in a motivated workforce that’s the lifeblood of our business.