Apprentices get to work at Steelway
After meeting through a ‘Find it in Sandwell’ Breakfast Event at Sandwell Council House in August 2011, an active discussion ensued between Dan Houghton, Managing Director of Steelway Fensecure, Pam Sangha, Business Development Manager at Steelway Fensecure and Tof Islam, Youth Employment and Apprenticeships Adviser with Think Local, Sandwell Council.
Whilst planning ahead for the future, Steelway had recognised that their aging workforce may lead to a skills shortage within the next 10 years if nothing was done. Apprenticeships offered Steelway the opportunity to work with young people from the Black Country and provide them with the necessary skills to fill this gap.
Steelway aimed to provide opportunities for up to 10 young people in various arms of the business, from Shop Floor Apprentices and Administration Assistants to Sales Persons and CAD Operators.
Sandwell Council developed a framework for delivery of the apprenticeship programme at Steelway. Internally, managers were identified to train and support the new arrivals and the council provided a Mentor for each apprentice to help guide them through the entire programme.
Sandwell Council used both Dudley College and Walsall College to deliver the NVQ’s in Performing Engineering Operations, a great example of a successful Black Country partnership work.
Steelway Fensecure have now taken on two apprentices in their CAD Design Office, a further four Apprentices on the Shop Floor and two more Shop Floor Apprentices at Steelway Brickhouse, the company’s West Bromwich site. Eight Apprentices are currently employed by Steelway Fensecure, with more vacancies in the pipeline due to the success of the first wave of recruitment.