Gloucestershire's Apprenticeship Champions 2019

Stuart Holmes Hair Cheltenham HAIRDRESSING

Currently has three full-time apprentices and in 2019 expects to take on up to three more. “Apprenticeships offer a fantastic career opportunity for those who have a passion within the industry. They are able to gain their qualifications, experience within the industry and work within a successful team of individuals whilst also being paid a wage. Apprentices can also


have the opportunity to further their career within our company. Many of our apprentices have been with us for a number of years and are extremely successful members of our ever-expanding team.” Recommended to us by Gloucestershire College l

Ultra Electronics Cheltenham DEFENCE/ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING A world-leading group of businesses operating in the defence, aerospace, security and cyber, transport and energy markets. From underwater warfare to supplying navies and more than 40 different types of aircraft, its surveillance and communications equipment is world-class. It also supplies the nuclear industry, helps provide "critical systems" and software to operate and optimism transport systems around the globe. No numbers were available on its apprenticeship programme l

Superdry Cheltenham FASHION RETAIL

We tried to get through to the firm after a glowing recommendation from Gloucestershire College, but to no avail. Keen to stand out from the crowd, as always, apparently this style-conscious brand prefers not to call its training schemes ‘apprenticeships’. But when we asked Gloucestershire College for firms which were committed to apprenticeships, this one was on its short list.The University of Gloucestershire said: "We have a really good relationship with Superdry, who have placed several degree apprentices with us and will do more in the future.They are studying the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship" l



It has two apprentices currently and could be looking for another in 2019. It aims to recruit one every other year. Tristram Southgate said: “Engineering is facing a demographic timebomb. Formal apprenticeships in manufacturing pretty much stopped in the late

1980s and so the youngest of our skilled men and women are now around 50 years old. This means in 10 years’ time or so, we will have a desperate shortage of skilled people to operate and service our machine tools. Engineering skills can’t be taught in months. They take years to accumulate and so every manufacturing businesses really needs to be teaching those skills that are special to them now to the next generation – or they will be lost forever.” Recommended by GET l

Will Gosling, 3rd year apprentice holding an award for fitting, he is pictured with DaveWindle, Production Manager & David Abel Smith, chairman of Majorlift Hydraulic Equipment limited.

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