16th July 2018
HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) is celebrating a 25-year long partnership with Hull-based Daifuku Logan. It provides apprentices widely credited with being the backbone of the internationally oriented company.
Owned by the multinational Daifuku Group, Daifuku Logan Ltd specialises in turnkey baggage handling solutions for airport operators worldwide.
The design and manufacture of the complete systems is located in Hull, with around 125 employees working out of the Sutton Road site. Operating in such a niche sector is a continuous challenge for Daifuku Logan when it comes to recruiting the specialist engineering skills it needs to meet the growing demands of its customers.
“We are a completely unique business in the Humber region,” says Daifuku Logan’s Operations Director Bruce Marbrow. “As a result, it is not easy to find employees from other companies that possess the relevant skillset we require. By recruiting apprentices through HETA, we are advantaged by being able to develop our own talent internally.”
“An apprenticeship with us is hard work and incredibly hands on. HETA have always attracted high quality candidates, so we know we are getting dedicated individuals who are ready to take on that challenge.
The career prospects for committed and industrious apprentices employed by Daifuku Logan are exceptional and come with global opportunities. For example, former apprentice – Matt Walker – is currently in post as a Business Development and Solutions Director for the Daifuku Group based in Canada.
“The opportunities are there and they’re open to all,” says Daifuku Logan’s HR Manager Helen Ward. “We are seeing former HETA apprentices reach various stages of management, including senior level. It’s not a gift nor is it a necessity but as a company, we pride ourselves on nurturing and developing our people to reach their career aspirations.”
Over the past six months, HETA apprentices – current and former – have been working on multiple global projects including a major installation at Paris Orly Airport. The team has been designing, fabricating, assembling, inspecting and testing over 600 components required for a new baggage handling solution at the airport. These include conveyors, check-ins, tilt-tray sorters and carousels, as well as the supporting structures and systems.
“HETA apprentices’ hard work, attention to detail and intelligent design work enables us to be at the forefront of the baggage handling industry,” explains Bruce. “The successful delivery of the Orly Junction project in late June is a prime example of that.”
The high level at which HETA apprentices can operate at from an early stage is something Helen attributes to their long-standing partnership: “HETA understands the business we are in. By regularly visiting our site, seeing what the apprentices are doing and fully supporting them once they are employed by us, they have developed an inherent understanding of our requirements.”
“HETA staff are incredibly approachable, proactive and get things done,” concludes Bruce. “The passion they demonstrate for our business is reflected in the apprentices we have recruited over the past 25 years. These employees can be described as nothing less than the backbone of our business.