MP for Rotherham Denis MacShane was present at the launch of AESSEAL’s new apprenticeship scheme, and called for more UK companies to follow suit.
Group managing director at AESSEAL, Chris Rea, expressed his personal commitment to retaining skills and pointed out that the £1.25m investment highlighted how important training young people is to the company, and to the whole industry.
AESSEAL’s production and personnel director Richard Cook is a former apprentice himself. He said: “This is a significant investment for the company and for the region. We need well-trained young people in manufacturing.”
He added: “It’s a local and regional problem, but also a national and even international one. But unless we tackle it our European neighbours could steal away the high-value end of manufacturing that’s so important to this country.”
AESSEAL’s commitment to quality training was recognised at the launch by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). Business development manager Denis Healy presented the company with a certificate marking its incorporation into the IMechE Accredited Apprentice Scheme.