Brandon Medical – a founder member of the Leeds manufacturing Festival (LMF), raised their profile though the festival to encourage more young people to contact them for apprenticeships.
With their strong links with both the UTC and the LMF, a school student who first visited Leeds manufacturing firm Brandon Medical two years ago as part of a work experience placement, has recently joined the company on a four-year machine operative apprenticeship.
Sixteen-year-old Louis Audain joined the world-leading medical device manufacturer in September, direct from UTC Leeds. He had been so impressed by the experience he gained with the company that he contacted Brandon Medical directly after completing his GCSEs.
In his first year Louis will learn all about the basics of metal machining, maintaining mechanical devices and equipment, using and communicating technical information, business improvement techniques and safety in the workplace.
Louis will also study with external training provider Appris Management Ltd, the regions’ leading provider of training for engineering and management apprenticeships.
When he completes the apprenticeship, he will be fully qualified to programme and run modern CNC machines used in the manufacture of high-tech medical equipment such as operating theatre lights and audio-visual control systems.
A recent survey by manufacturing employers’ organisation Make UK shows that jobs in manufacturing typically pay much higher than other sectors so, for Louis, it’s the first step towards what promises to be a rewarding and challenging career.
Mike Rimmer, operations director, explained the importance of apprenticeships to the future of manufacturing:
“Companies such as Brandon Medical, need the best ideas, techniques and talent to compete on the global stage and for that reason we are one of the most active promoters of modern apprenticeships in the region.
“Without them we would struggle to attract the required skills from a shrinking skill base, so we need to grow our own talent instead.
“The knowledge and experience we have within our current workforce must be passed on to younger talented individuals. We seek out ambitious and self-motivated apprentices with a hunger to learn and to make their own contribution to improving patient care.”
As well as the obvious costs and benefits to growing your own talent, Mike added that apprenticeships also give employers the opportunity to develop the employee to fit with the culture and values of the company.
“We already have three apprentices working in the company in IT, business management and digital marketing. Louis’s enthusiasm and clear knowledge of manufacturing processes and machinery made him a really good fit for Brandon Medical.”