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DRB finalists for two top employer awards

The awards recognise the quality and success of our apprenticeship programme

DRB were finalists for the Medium Employer of the Year Award, at the National Training and Apprenticeship Cymru Awards 2012, and were also finalists for Best Company Award at the Pathways to Apprenticeship awards.

The prestigious National Training and Apprenticeship Awards are jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTFW) and recognise the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality apprenticeships across the country.

DRB are delighted to have been finalists for the award, and are keen to be recognised for our commitment to developing our workforce through Apprenticeships and supporting them throughout their training.

In November of this year we were also a finalist for the Best Company accolade at the Pathways to Apprenticeship (PtA) Awards which are organised by the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies and recognise young people, colleges and companies behind the PtA programme in Wales, which helps young people get into work.

We are committed to the development of our workforce and employ 175 skilled staff, more than 100 of who are engineers. We realise that our strength is the quality of its skilled engineers who work with our clients. Keith Vivian, HR Manager explains, “The quality of the service we provide to our customers is to a very large part dependant on the skills, experience and motivation of our engineering staff. A key part of our engineering development programme is supporting a number of apprenticeship schemes in disciplines such as mechanical engineering, fabrication craft and electrical engineering.”

Over recent years, we have increased the number of apprenticeships available. Five new apprentices were recruited this year, taking our total number of employed apprentices to 13. Each apprentice has a mentor to help guide them through their structured programme of lessons and practical experience. We also strongly encourage our apprentices to progress further to National Diploma/NVQ/NVQ Level 3/HNC/FdEng.

The success of our apprenticeship programme has also been highlighted by two of our young engineers who have been given awards recognising their achievements this year. Jack sergeant, one of our mechanical engineering apprentices, was awarded 1st Year Engineering Apprentice of the Year 2012 by Deeside College. And Jacob Foy, who joined DRB back in 2002 as a fabrication apprentice, has gained a First Class Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Glyndwr University and been awarded the John Arbuthnott Scholarship which is presented for outstanding academic achievement.


Published 26/11/2012
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