Engineering firm NG Bailey has been employing apprentices since 1934 and sees them as key to maintaining the technical skills needed in the industry.
- NG Bailey’s apprenticeship programme has helped address the UK STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills shortage.
- The programme has provided sustainable career options for young people, with the opportunity to progress in their chosen career. Currently 5% of the workforce are apprentices.
- Many apprentices have risen through the ranks to take increasingly senior roles, receiving further training and support along the way.
- The apprentice scheme provided a pipeline of high-quality future employees, ensuring a high quality workforce for the business.
- The programme developed the company's reputation in its sector for training and growing a technically skilled workforce, increasing its profile and reputation nationally.
- Apprentices brought new ideas, energy and enthusiasm to the business, being eager to learn and go the extra mile.
There are significant skills gaps to address if the UK economy is to grow over the next decade and beyond, yet the current education system does not place enough emphasis on preparing our young people for employment.
NG Bailey has been taking on and developing apprentices since 1934 and currently runs five apprenticeship schemes and employs 135 apprentices. The award-winning apprenticeship programme has been recognised both within the sector and nationally.
Key to the apprenticeship programme is Inspire, NG Bailey’s school engagement programme, which promotes science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers and alternative pathways into employment, such as apprenticeships. The company works closely with selected schools over a three-year cycle, allowing students to benefit from a long-term relationship with the company.
What NG Bailey's Chief Executive said:
" Without apprenticeship schemes, businesses are at risk of missing out on a number of benefits that this type of training can bring. Our scheme means that we have a steady flow of employees coming into the business, which helps us avoid the skills shortage affecting others in the industry." - David Hurcomb, Chief Executive, NG Bailey