Engineering the future

With experts warning that the UK needs to double the number of recruits embarking on a career in engineering by 2020, failure to do so could have implications on the future of the sector.

According to latest statistics, there is an immediate demand for around 69,000 qualified apprentices within the engineering sector, with only 27,000 currently qualified at the appropriate level.

With this in mind, one leading energy services company based in the north-east of Scotland has continued to encourage its young employees to further their personal development as it takes the steps that will allow its workforce to flourish in the years ahead.

Hunting Energy Services has four employees who have recently completed their Modern Apprenticeship programme while working with the company. The programme, delivered by ITCA, an accredited training provider specialising in the engineering industry, saw the group attain qualifications in mechanical engineering, logistics operations management and business and administration, with each employee supported and assisted through their studies by a colleague mentor.

Staff members Craig Vickers, David Gilmour, Grace Hardie and James Stuart are the latest batch of Hunting employees who have successfully completed the programme, taking the total number who have attained a modern apprenticeship or are currently working towards a similar qualification to over 30 since the company’s first graduate in 1994.

Annette Spedding, group HR manager with Hunting Energy Services, said: “Hunting has embraced the Modern Apprenticeship programme for a number of years now and we’ve always found that staff loyalty is best won by providing early opportunities and long-term career paths for local school leavers and graduates rather than buying it in.

“The warnings for the future of the engineering sector are really there for all to see and we will continue to place an emphasis within this area of employment that is designed to let young staff develop with the help of education and the already present experience within our current workforce.

“I’d like to congratulate Craig, David, Grace and James in achieving their modern apprenticeships and I wish them all the very best as they continue their careers and development here with Hunting.”

Hunting PLC is an international energy services provider which manufactures and distributes products enabling the extraction of oil and gas for some of the world’s leading companies.


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