Leading UK engineering company Doosan Babcock has trained over 400 full time apprentices since 2009 and is planning to hire another 500 over the next five years. The residential apprenticeship course will see the new recruits travel to power plants right across the country, preparing them well for the itinerant project work of the energy sector.
The company’s Skills Centre of Excellence, the largest of its kind in the UK, will help equip young people with important, high-demand engineering skills, setting them up for exciting careers across the nuclear, thermal, oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.
Martyn Fletcher, Director of Doosan Babcock’s Asset Support Group and leader of the company’s apprenticeship programme, said:
“It is always exciting to see a new influx of apprentices and we are looking forward to watching their skills develop.
“The demand to increase the number of highly skilled welders in the UK is currently so high that the welding school is running ‘around the clock’ training sessions. On a typical day we can have nearly 100 people training in Tipton.
“It is no secret that the UK is facing a serious skills gap in the engineering sector, so it is really pleasing to see so many young people eager to learn the skills that will help address this and support the UK’s industrial future.”
Sam Thompson, a former Doosan Babcock apprentice, said:
“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school but I definitely knew I didn’t want to end up in a part-time, uninteresting job. The Doosan Babcock apprenticeship scheme really opened my eyes to the opportunities that are available if you are willing to try new things.
“I now work full time at Doosan Babcock and they are putting me through a Mechanical Engineering degree. It’s a shame that so many young people feel that it is almost mandatory to go to university straight from school rather than heading into work and learning tangible skills that make you very employable.”