40 years of Renishaw apprentices marked with record intake

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Renishaw is currently recruiting for a record 68 apprentices across its sites in Gloucestershire and Wales. The 2019 intake will be the 40th cohort to join the company, which has taken apprentices every year since 1979. Applications for a range of roles, including engineering, software, embedded electronic design and development, and IT, are now open until 1 March 2019.

To begin the application process, Renishaw recently held an information evening at its Gloucestershire headquarters for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. At the event, over 500 students from years 11 to 13, and their parents, heard about the different pathways into STEM careers, including apprenticeship schemes after GCSEs or A-levels, and a graduate scheme after university. Students also had the opportunity to hear personal experiences from current apprentices and graduates at the company, and to ask questions about Renishaw and the available roles.

“My teachers pushed university as the only option after leaving school,” explains Lucy Spiteri-Beale, a software apprentice at Renishaw who spoke at the event. “However, I was lucky to hear from STEM ambassadors at Renishaw at the time who encouraged me to apply for a degree apprenticeship, which allows me to study at university while working. Now, as a STEM ambassador myself, I get to pay it forward and let students know about all the options available to them.”

Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw, adds: “Renishaw has consistently recruited apprentices since 1979 because of the value they add to the company. Apprentices have the opportunity to work on projects in a range of departments to find their passion and future career direction. Our apprentices go on to have fulfilling careers in a wide range of engineering and commercial positions in the company. For example, Gareth Hankins, director of group manufacturing services, joined as an apprentice aged just 16.”

Ryan Taylor, Renishaw engineering apprentice, says: “At Renishaw, apprentices are heavily involved in projects from the start. Each department treats you as a valued member of the team and offers you opportunities for personal development.”

As well as gaining on-the-job experience and nationally recognised qualifications, apprentices at Renishaw receive a tailored induction programme and in-house training to ensure they get the best possible experience. Apprentices are also eligible for Renishaw’s comprehensive benefits package, which includes a 9% non-contributory pension, private medical insurance and a competitive salary.

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