Atlas further extends apprenticeship scheme from September 2015

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. has confirmed its intention to continue recruitment of more apprentices to join the company for the new academic year commencing in September.  The company has received more than 60 applications for this year’s scheme and will shortlist candidates for interview soon after this summer’s GCSE examination results have been published.

Apprentices working on an Atlas CW1040 primary slitter rewinder

“Atlas has always been a strong supporter of apprenticeships since it was established almost 40 years ago,” explained Steve Sharman, Operations Manager for the company.  “This year we have seen an even greater number of applicants than ever before and we will employ three school or college leavers for our advanced mechanical and electrical apprenticeships to support our strategy of continuous development of internal skills,” he confirmed.

The Atlas apprenticeship programme is a rigorous 4 year scheme arranged in conjunction with Bedford College where the first year comprises four days of academic study and targeted skill training and one day of practical employment at the company in either a production or engineering environment.  The following three years are mainly spent in-house at the company where apprentices are constantly mentored by skilled engineers, with a day-release for further development of academic knowledge at the College which continually assesses progress of each apprentice at the company. 

Upon completion of the scheme, the apprentices will achieve an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) and a BTEC (Business & Technology Education Council) Certificate in either mechanical or electrical engineering, after which they can decide to specialise further within one of the company’s departments – mechanical or electrical assembly, engineering design, service or machine commissioning.

Apprentices (from L to R): Jake Fleet-Chapman, Matthew Chinnery & Joshua Porr-Shakespeare who joined the Atlas scheme in September 2014

“The Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship scheme is an extremely effective resource for the company to provide a pathway of opportunities for talented individuals to develop skills and this means we can ensure we have the right people with the latest expertise to support our customers in the long term,” Steve Sharman concluded.