“We were struggling to find the right skills that we needed so I decided we had to grow our own if we are to fuel growth in the business.”
Semta organised an open day at the factory putting 17 potential candidates through a range of aptitude tests. They then interviewed the candidates, sourced training providers and will provide on-going support to the company and the apprentices.
Mr Hart said: “If it had not been for Semta’s approach and level of service we would not have gone as far as we have – they have helped us accelerate our apprenticeship programme, allowing us to focus on improving our performance which will in turn improve our customers performance, thanks to our home grown skills, lean manufacturing processes and our new premises.”
MEP Ltd offer moulding and machining capabilities, supporting companies all over the world by delivering manufacturing excellence in plastics and metal. Its staff have a proven track record in industry and work hard to support customers from research, design, manufacturing and supply.
Dad Terry was the guest of honour at the official opening which included a variety of family activities, including bouncy castle, children’s’ entertainer and a hog roast.
“We moved in at the start of the year and now we are ready to celebrate,” said Mr Hart “We have more than 100 family and friends connected with people who work for us coming to the opening as well as customers and suppliers,” said Mr Hart. “It is a very proud day for us.”
Sarah Sillars, OBE, chief executive of Semta said: “MEP is a fantastic success story and a shining example of how investing in apprentices makes a real difference in the workplace.
“An apprentice will soon be making a significant contribution to the company. The research shows that they are likely to become a valued, loyal employee, making money and providing skills, which have been home grown.
“Employers are struggling to get the skilled people that they need and as youth unemployment remains high there has never been a better time to meet the challenges head on – as MEP has done.”
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Semta is the employer-led body responsible for equipping the UK’s vital engineering, science and manufacturing technologies sectors with the skills to compete on the global stage. These sectors are the powerhouse of the economy and their skills and productivity are fundamental to UK recovery and future prosperity.
· Semta represents 128,000 companies with a 1.66 million-strong workforce, which generates annual revenues of £309 billion for the UK economy
· our sectors include: aerospace, automotive, composites, electrical, electronics, marine, mechanical, metals renewables, rail and space sectors.
· together, these sectors need 2 million talented new entrants by the time today’s primary School pupils reach working age
· The UK requires 100,000 STEM graduates each year for the period 2012-2020. We are only producing circa 90,000 STEM graduates each year, including international students (Source: RAE).
· Semta aims to put the people-skills-talent pipeline in place. We are the catalyst for change helping to inspire and skill the next generation of Great British Engineers
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