Engineering firm PowerFal in Penryn, which recently hired two apprentices through the Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency, received help with interview techniques, shortlisting candidates and HR advice.
Paul Jelbert, of PowerFal, said: “The agency helped us with the recruitment process, allowing us to focus on the day-to-day job of running our business. Apprenticeships are a great way to bring on an employee’s engineering skills as they can learn a lot from the more senior guys in the trade. Young people don’t get that practical experience nowadays in schools. Here they get a wide range of training, whether working on turbochargers, chemical cleaning or over-hauling engines.”
Hallam Williams, 18, from St Columb Major, is delighted to have been selected by PowerFal as a marine engineer apprentice.
The teenager was shortlisted from 25 applicants and is now learning the tools of the trade in the engineering workshop, while securing his long-term work prospects. “You train on the job and learn from colleagues with a lot of specialist experience. They are always ready to explain different techniques,” he said. “This Apprenticeship gives me a good set of skills and qualifications and will open doors in the future. My family was overjoyed when I got it as they knew how much it meant to me.”
“You train on the job and learn from colleagues with a lot of specialist experience. They are always ready to explain different techniques,”
Apprentice Lewis Cook, 17, from Truro, is also enjoying the “hands-on” experience with PowerFal. “It’s great,” he said. “I like the practical side of the job and am getting lots of training. Eventually I hope to become a fully-qualified engineer and my training with PowerFal will give me a very good start along this path.”
Lewis had previously completed Cornwall Marine Network’s (CMN) Young Apprenticeship Programme in marine engineering as part of his school studies.
CAA’s Mark Beckett added: “This is a great example of supporting young people as they progress from school into the workplace. CMN has a track record in providing a wide umbrella of career support programmes which equip Cornish students with industry recognised skills and qualifications.”
- Posted: September 27, 2016
- By: Tim Bowerbank
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