Dawson Shanahan’s search for the best of British engineering apprentices 2022

Dawson Shanahan’s search for the best of British engineering apprentices 2022

We’re now in our eighth year of running an engineering apprenticeship scheme and once again, we are welcoming applicants for our 2022 intake in September.

Our successful engineering apprenticeship scheme that’s run from our Welshpool headquarters, has supported dozens of young people to get a foot on the engineering ladder with opportunities to develop their skills, whilst being mentored by some of the finest engineers in the UK. Over the years, we’ve seen many young people come through the apprentice programme to go on and achieve great success in higher education and engineering careers.

Our recruitment process includes a rigorous interview process which involves a test and the most promising are invited back for a week’s work experience – with the top three or four being taken on permanently in September.

The scheme can lead to a variety of qualifications and has different entry levels: while most candidates join after their GCSEs, some may already have finished A-levels.

Joint Managing Director, Les Reeves, says: “Local schools see us as a preferred employer where the students are given a great opportunity to shine.”

He adds: “It’s a great way to promote engineering in the area and it helps us source the various skills that will further enhance our operations.”

In their first year, apprentices spend three days a week at college; in their second year this drops to one day, as they spend more time in different departments and in the company’s training school learning key theory – including engineering drawing – and technical skills such as ‘speeds and feeds’.

The training school is a separate area within the factory dedicated to apprentice training. As well as having classroom facilities, it includes a range of equipment including a CNC wire-eroding machine.

“The school is also used to help existing staff members improve their skills”, says Rogers and adds: “Over the years, the apprenticeship scheme has developed many ‘time-served’ apprentices, who have gone on to work with us full-time. We also support those post-apprenticeships who want to go on and do a HNC or HND.”

“We’re looking for all-rounders,” says Reeves. “People who are natural problem-solvers but are also computer-literate and able to program.

For further information email: Matt.Rogers@dawson-shanahan.co.uk.