North West precision machinist launches training academy

Posted on 17 Mar 2014 by The Manufacturer

A North West manufacturer is aiming to uncover the next generation of precision machinists after launching its own specialist training academy.

Precision machinist firm Lattimer has set up The Lattimer Training Academy in its Southport office to deliver high level training to apprentices.

Facilities at the training academy include a CAD (Computer Aided Design) design workshop and an “automation nursery”.

The firm’s apprenticeship programme runs for four years covering practical and thesis work including training to use milling, turning, mill-turning and grinding machines.

Lattimer managing director Mark Hailwood says the academy will up skill the local workforce, future proof the firm and help drive further international growth.

“We are thrilled to be launching the Lattimer Training academy, which has already seen a strong uptake of recruits,” said Mr Hailwood. “As a global leader in precision engineering we require highly-skilled staff with passion and enthusiasm for the business.

The firm, which predominantly works in precision engineering for the glass container manufacturing industry, has a twin facility in Vineland, New Jersey USA, and a maintenance and repair division in Birmingham.

Mr Hailwood added: “The great merit in this is that we know the apprentices are able to operate all our complex CNC (computer numerical control) equipment on completion of their training.

“We can also rest assured that the precious manufacturing knowledge held within our most experienced staff members is not lost, but passed down through generations.”