Three apprentices have been taken on by Coventry-based sheet metalworking machinery supplier, Bystronic UK, marking the first intake since the 1990s. The subsidiary is following in the footsteps of its Swiss parent company, which employs more than 100 apprentices worldwide.
Two of the Coventry trainees joined in the second half of 2015, engineering apprentice Joshua Smith and apprentice administrator Liz Hughes. Engineering apprentice Lewis Wale has been with the firm since August 2013 and has just embarked on an HNC course in electrical engineering and electronics on day-release at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College.
Both he and Mr Smith shadow Bystronic UK’s applications and service engineers in Coventry and on visits to customers in the Midlands during installation and commissioning of CNC laser and waterjet cutting machines. They were recruited via City College Coventry, whose staff regularly visits the company to assess progress.
Ms Hughes is being similarly mentored while she completes successive modules during her 18-month course, which will lead to an NVQ Level 3 in business administration.
Bystronic UK’s managing director commented, "As a former company apprentice from the 1970s, I often reflect on the tremendous career start in engineering that the apprenticeship gave me.
“We are delighted to be in a position to offer young people genuine career opportunities and are convinced that they will provide long-term benefit both to the individuals and to our company.”