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How your business could benefit from taking on an engineering and manufacturing apprentice

9th February 2022

HETA is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by attending multiple careers events throughout the region to encourage young people to consider apprenticeships, plus two employer open days.

The engineering and manufacturing sector is facing multiple challenges at the moment, including age demographics, wage inflation and availability of skilled labour.

Plus, when the emerging technologies of green energy, additive manufacturing, robotics, and automation are added to the mix, the sector needs to act quickly to ensure that business operations are not impacted upon now and in the future.

The key to developing a workforce

Apprenticeships are one means of developing the workforce for the future ensuring that there is a constant pipeline of talent emerging within companies to provide the skills required to offset the current challenges, as well as equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge to embrace the emerging technologies.

With a broad range of occupations at a range of levels, apprenticeship standards provide employers with the very real opportunity to develop their workforce of the future in partnership with an approved apprenticeship training provider.

The full introduction of the apprenticeship reforms of 2017 has given employers far greater flexibility in choice of provider and availability of occupationally specific standards that reflect real occupations in the workplace.

Apprentices bring very real value to a business with an estimated return on investment of £28 for every £1 invested for a Level 3 apprentice.

An estimated 86% of employers said that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the organisation and to fill the skills gap. 73% of employers report an improvement in staff morale when employing apprentices.

The leading apprenticeship provider in the engineering and manufacturing industry

Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) is the leading provider of engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships in the Yorkshire and Humber Region with an annual intake of over 200 apprentices across its three sites - Hull, Grimsby, and Scunthorpe.

Founded in 1967 by regional employers to solve the skills challenges of the time, HETA has established a strong reputation with employers for delivering high quality apprenticeships.

With charitable status, HETA continues to invest in both facilities and equipment to ensure that the training delivered is of the highest quality and standard and continues to meet the needs of local employers.

Recent investments have included the development of a machining workshop in Grimsby following demand from local employers for the development of specific machining skills including the use of CNCs.

Future plans include the development of a new state of the art training centre in Grimsby (Stallingborough) to ensure that learners continue to enjoy the benefits of a modern spacious well equipped training centre.

Find out more

HETA will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with attendance at numerous careers events throughout the region encouraging young people to consider apprenticeships as a career opportunity followed by two employer open days in the weeks to follow.

With over 200 opportunities available to HETA applicants, the employer open days enable young people to meet directly with employers in the region to discuss apprenticeship opportunities, enabling employers to meet the very real challenges of the future.