Following the largest annual revenue increase in the company’s 43-year history, and coupled with an ever-growing order book, KG Washford is making significant investments in both their business and in their young engineering talent of the future.
The last 12 months at KGW has seen expansion into an additional 6,000 sq ft facility to increase their capacity to design and assemble test rigs and fixtures, as well as considerable investment in new machine tooling equipment and the internal resources needed to manage the increasing demand from customers. KGW are now working in partnership with Midlands Group Training Services (MGTS) to sponsor new apprentice engineers.
MGTS has supported the ‘Engineers of the Future’ for over 50 years, and has worked in partnership with companies in Redditch for the last decade. This year, they have placed young apprentices Sam Adams and Tom Jennings for on-the job training with KGW.
KGW has worked closely with MGTS to tailor the work experience of these young engineers to develop their range of practical engineering skills. Sam Adams will be working on the machine shop side of the business, developing core machinist skills including AutoCAD, welding and wire eroding. Meanwhile, Tom Jennings will be involved in KGW’s test rig and planned maintenance service, assisting the core teams in the fabrication, build and maintenance of hydro-mechanical rigs for the testing of fuel flow systems on aircraft engines.
KGW offers paid apprenticeships over the course of 4 years, including full tuition at the MGTS centre in their first year, followed by on-the-job training and mentoring. By the end of their 4 years training, KGW will have helped the apprentices achieve their Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing core practical engineering skills, Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and gain Professional Recognition by an engineering institution such as EngTec. In sponsoring their apprentices by paying tuition fees and providing a wage, KGW are supporting the industry’s fresh talent as well as looking towards the company’s future growth.
Sam Turnbull, MGTS Recruitment Officer, said: “MGTS is delighted to be partnering with KG Washford to help young apprentices like Sam and Tom develop the essential skills our industry needs for the future. The engineering industry as a whole has an ageing workforce, and enterprising companies like KGW are always on the look-out for fresh, enthusiastic and capable new talent.”
Phil Brook, Managing Director at KG Washford, said: “There is a growing skills gap in the engineering industry, which means investment in young talent is more important than ever. Following our recent business expansion, we’re delighted to offer these advanced, remunerated engineering apprenticeships. Not only does it provide our young engineers with the essential qualities and abilities our industry will require in the future, but it also ensures that we get exactly the skills we need to support our ambitious growth plans for the business.”