Celebrating our Apprentices on National Apprenticeship Week

Wednesday March 8th, 2017 TAGS:

This week, 6th – 10th March, is National Apprenticeship Week and marks the 10th annual celebration of the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

We are proud to support apprenticeships in a variety of our business areas including fabrication & welding, marine engineering, electrical engineering, boat building and business administration.

Despite the variety of job roles, we have found common themes among all of our apprenticeships; not only are they enjoyable and full of task variation but they all include on the job training and real work experience.

Lilith Wallace, who is a Production Technician Apprentice, has been with ASV Global for 4 months. After completing a BSC in Marine Biology at University of Portsmouth, Lilith found that finding employment was difficult and she lacked the necessary experience. She said, “The apprenticeship gave me real experience and hands on training. I could jump right in and actually learn as I went rather than learning the theory and trying to apply it later.”

Lilith working on part of a payload.

Lilith is currently undertaking a Level 2 Marine Engineering BTEC as well as a PEO in Boat Building and has worked across various teams including electrical, design and fabrication. “I’ve been working on everything from fuel systems one week to milling and lathing next week. I love the variety and getting to do the Powerboat 2 course really made me feel like part of the company.”

We want our employees to be the best they can be so we actively encourage personal development and training. Upon joining the company everybody is offered the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Powerboat Handling course. Business Administration apprentice Emma Ashton and Marine Electrical Engineering apprentice Mickel-John Smith have both successfully completed their Powerboat 2 courses.

Mikel-John working on the electrics of one of our builds.

Natasha Cumming, one of our Production Welders has completed the Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering and became fully qualified in TIG and MIG Welding during her time at the company. She said, “The training I have received at ASV has enabled me to progress from a trainee welder to successfully passing weld codes with procedure. I have been responsible for welding the hulls of over 10 ASVs. My job is very broad, not only do we weld hulls, we manufacture custom payload frames, jigs and masts. The job can be challenging because there’s always something new, something to be improved or a new problem that needs solving but I think my training really prepared me for that.”

Natasha showing off her welding skills.

Our team is always growing, we welcome speculative CVs from people who have a passion for technology and are looking for a career out of the ordinary. Find out more at www.asvglobal.com/careers.

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