In our last newsletter we discussed the skills shortage our industry is facing. Almond continues to expand and is meeting the skills shortage challenges to invest in our future by training a strong team. We have developed close links with Deans Community High school. This was originally founded on their F1 challenge adventures. This year we participated in their Enterprise day. We mentored teams of 6 students working on a project to invent, design and develop a board game.
“We believe that working closely with schools helps to stimulate their interest in engineering, gives them a sense of working in an engineering company and illustrates the potential careers in engineering. Success is simple. When a child says ‘I want to be an engineer when I grow up’ we know we have knocked the nail in,” says Michelle Quinn, Director.
Almond is also working with students who are approaching school leaving age. This Summer, four pupils will join us from various schools across the region to get a taste of precision engineering on the shop floor. They will leave us with genuine work experience and a desire to explore the many routes to qualify as an engineer.
For pupils who are leaving school we have two opportunities to become Almond Engineering Apprentices this Summer. Our successful work in schools has generated 127 applications for these two positions, so we are proud to be stimulating interest in both the roles and the desire to work for us.
We are also supporting the graduate route to engineering and have sponsored an internship for a mechanical Engineering studying at Glasgow Caledonian University.
“It is good to see interest in engineering growing as young people begin to understand how exciting it can be. This will be a great Summer working with a range of pupils, apprentices and undergraduates developing their skills and passion for engineering,” concludes Michelle.