Mazak launches apprenticeship hunt

Yamazaki Mazak has trained over 150 apprentices to date, many of whom are now working in senior positions for the company.

Machine tool giant Yamazaki Mazak has launched a recruitment drive to attract the next generation of engineering apprentices to the company.

The global manufacturer of CNC metal cutting tools is looking to recruit two local apprentices to join its Field Service Engineering apprentice scheme at its European headquarters in Worcester.

The company also confirmed plans to recruit further apprentices for its other UK sites in Southampton, Bury St Edmunds, Manchester and Newcastle.

As part of the three-year scheme, a full training programme will take place at the Worcester site, with a view to learning and honing the skills required to maintain, service and repair machine tools.

It will also include both academic support and hands-on experience at Worcester, widely viewed as one of Europe’s most advanced manufacturing facilities.

Dave Barnet, learning and development Manager at Yamazaki Mazak UK, said the schemes are a demonstration of Mazak’s commitment to both its workforce and customers.

“Our Field Service Engineer apprenticeship scheme not only highlights Yamazaki Mazak’s commitment to bringing young people into manufacturing, but to providing the highest levels of service and support to customers with qualified service engineers who are located close to customer sites,” he said.

Mr Barnet added: “Our apprentices form an integral part of the business in Worcester and to date we’ve trained over 150, many of whom are still working for the company in senior positions.

“Apprenticeships offer successful candidates much more than employment, they provide young people with a starting point in an industry which is going from strength-to-strength and shows no sign of slowing down.”