North West UK manufacturer Lattimer has launched a specialist training academy at its Southport office to deliver high level training to apprentices. The Lattimer Training Academy is aiming to uncover the next generation of leading precision machinists.
A global leader in precision engineering, predominantly for the glass container manufacturing industry, Lattimer operates a twin facility in Vineland, New Jersey, USA, and a maintenance and repair division in Birmingham.
Key objectives for the academy include upskilling the local workforce, future-proofing the firm and helping drive further international growth.
Lattimer managing director Mark Hailwood commented that the Lattimer Training Academy has already seen a strong uptake of recruits.
According to Mr Hailwood, the company, as a global leader in precision engineering requires highly-skilled staff with passion and enthusiasm for the business. They have found it hugely beneficial to carry out focused and intense in-house training, where longstanding machinists have converted to full-time training and mentor roles. This enables the recruits to receive guidance from Lattimer’s most experienced team members, with apprentices getting a complete and rounded education in all the equipment they will use at Lattimer.
Mr Hailwood explains apprentices on completion of their training are able to operate all of their complex CNC equipment; the staff members are also able to pass on their precious manufacturing knowledge to the apprentices. The academy will further support Lattimer in maintaining its international reputation for delivering high-quality, cost-effective and reliable products.
Facilities at the training academy include a CAD design workshop and an ‘automation nursery’. The firm’s apprenticeship programme runs for four years covering practical and thesis work including training to use milling, turning, mill-turning and grinding machines.
Lattimer has a strong staff retention rate with more than 40 per cent of the current workforce coming through an internal apprenticeship course.
Lattimer funds degree level studies for apprentices as an added incentive and currently supports recruits on a range of courses including NVQs, HNCs and HNDs.