Gloucestershire's Apprenticeship Champions 2019

SPP Pumps Coleford, Forest of Dean CENTRIFUGAL PUMP SPECIALIST The multi-million-pound turnover business is a leading manufacturer of centrifugal pumps and systems and had a major base in Coleford in the Forest of Dean. Its staff have won the National staff in the marketplace and recruitment is always a difficult task. Making an investment in an apprenticeship scheme is essential as our industry (health imaging) is very specialised and training will be key to our success” l 3 APPRENTICES 4 APPRENTICES Xograph Healthcare Stonehouse HEALTHCARE EQUIPMENT Independent medical equipment supplier to the UK and Ireland. It currently has three apprentices, two finishing their fourth year and one first year apprentice. It plans to recruit one new apprentice in 2019.“There is currently a distinct lack of suitably trained technical

Lucozade Suntory Ribena Coleford FOOD AND DRINK Apprenticeships are our way of developing the engineers of the future and ensuring the sustainability of our business.We also want to offer the best career development and learning opportunities in roles throughout the company, as well as recruit from the local community, which we are proud to be at the heart of” l 3 APPRENTICES The Forest of Dean company has three engineering apprentices at its 53-acre factory. It says it is “always on the look-out for talented and energetic people” to join its team and hopes to recruit up to three apprentices in 2019.“We will work with local colleges in January 2019, with a plan to offer apprenticeships in March.

Apprenticeship Awards before now and the firm has just taken on four more apprentices. As for 2019, its intake is yet to be announced. In Gloucestershire its apprentices work with Gloucestershire Engineering Training l Advanced Insulation Systems Quedgeley ENGINEERING


Advanced Insulation has three apprentices and is currently considering its recruitment for 2019. “Without apprenticeships, some traditional and sought-after skills within the industry (for example patternmakers) will die out” l

Barnwood Group Gloucester CONSTRUCTION

The Group, which includes Barnwood Construction, Barnwood Shopfitting and Barnwood General Works, has worked on many

prestigious development projects in the county and beyond. It currently has 15 apprentices across the group and anticipates recruiting another five to seven in 2019. Barnwood has apprentice carpenters and joiners, trainee groundworkers, estimators, trainee buyers, surveyors and window fabricators. Managing director, Simon Carey, said: “Apprentices are the lifeblood of the company and in fact the industry.With an expanding workforce and succession for those retiring we need to continue training. As you may be aware, many members of our board of directors joined the company as apprentices” l usiness

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