EDM launches new apprenticeship scheme

EDM, a global provider of civil aviation and defence training simulators, has announced that its launched a new apprenticeship scheme for young engineers.

L – Steve Grundy, head of production; C – Tony Bermingham, managing director; R – Tony Smith, health & safety manager, with the five new apprentices (all EDM) - apprenticeship scheme
L – Steve Grundy, head of production; C – Tony Bermingham, managing director; R – Tony Smith, health & safety manager, with the five new apprentices (all EDM).

Following a rigorous selection process – including consideration of past academic performance, face-to-face interviews and a number of aptitude tests – just 20% of the candidates that applied were offered positions to join EDM‘s new apprenticeship scheme.

Five of the candidates, all aged between 16 and 18 years old, have now began their careers with the Manchester-based business as apprentices.

According to EMD, the five will spend their first year full time at Oldham Training Centre (OTC) working towards an NVQ Level 2 in electrical and mechanical engineering.

In their second year, the apprentices are expected to spend four days a week at EDM doing on-the-job training, with one day a week spent at OTC to gain an NVQ Level 3.

Years three and four will involve studying towards a Level 3 Technical Certificate with a view to continuing in year five to achieve an HNC or Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

Managing director of EDM, Tony Bermingham explained: “Bringing through the next generation of talented engineers at EDM is vital to our future long-term success.

“As well as strong academic credentials, we look for a good attitude and energy in our apprentices. This first impressive group of young engineers has demonstrated these values in abundance and we’re delighted to welcome them to the EDM team.”

For the past 40 years, EDM has combined utmost engineering standards with cutting-edge technologies to provide many of the world’s largest airlines with door trainers; cabin service trainers; cabin emergency evacuation trainers, and full size mock-ups

It also supplies global defence organisations with procedure trainers; maintenance trainers; ejection seats; simulators, and full size replicas.