Global engineering company Renishaw announced a record intake of 35 apprentices for its UK operations, including six apprentices for its new manufacturing facility in South Wales.
This takes the total number of apprentices in training at the Gloucestershire-based business to 85, the highest in the company's history as it continues to invest for future growth.
Renishaw made the announcement at their annual Apprentice Day held recently, when existing apprentices were recognised and new starters and their families were welcomed.
Chris Pockett, Renishaw's Head of Communications congratulated the new intake for successfully obtaining a Renishaw apprenticeship from a pool of over 200 applications received by the company.
Beginning its first apprenticeship scheme in 1979, Renishaw has continued to recruit apprentices even during very difficult times, reflecting the organisation’s commitment to the training and development of young people.
Pockett also highlighted the fact that Renishaw's founders Sir David McMurtry and John Deer began as apprentices, with several apprentices and sponsored students having achieved senior positions within the company including Gareth Hankins, Director of the company's Group Manufacturing Services Division, who joined Renishaw as an apprentice aged 16.
During the day, Dave Wallace, himself a former sponsored student and now Director of one of Renishaw's largest business divisions presented the annual apprenticeship prizes.
Roxanne Pollard won the Bryon Wherrett award for best second year apprentice, Tom Silvey and Taz Pannett were named joint winners of the Bryon Wherrett award for best third year apprentice, and Alex Didcott received the Gary Peake shield for best fourth year apprentice.
In addition to the craft, technical and software apprenticeships and graduate appointments, Renishaw has on offer UK vacancies for around 120 engineering roles, 90 of which are at its five sites within Gloucestershire.
Renishaw offers a full range of innovative metrology systems including co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) probe systems, touch probes and laser tool setters for CNC machine tools, linear and rotary encoders for position feedback, calibration systems for machine performance analysis, Raman spectroscopy systems as well as new gauging and surveying systems and additive manufacturing equipment.
represents the Renishaw Group in Australia.