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7 engineering apprentices join Caparo Forging Europe (Hartlepoool)

Caparo Forging Europe, the leading European manufacturer of forgings and fully machined parts, has recently announced that it will be hiring 7 engineering apprentices for its plant in greater Teeside thanks to help from the Tees Valley Apprentice Programme (TVAP) and Hartlepool Council. The first 4 successful candidates will be commencing their placements immediately, with 3 other promising young engineers to follow shortly.

Caparo Forging Europe (Hartlepool), part of Caparo Forging Europe, is a manufacturing business that specialises in the supply of high quality forged, machined and fabricated components to a wide range of markets. It has a modern site that operates to the latest internationally recognised quality and environmental standards, and offers a proven capability to develop components in a wide range of materials rapidly.

Keen to attract employment from the local community, recently Caparo Forging Europe (Hartlepool) applied and was subsequently approved to receive financial help in offering apprenticeship opportunities to engineering students from the area. NVQ2 qualified candidates from the local Hartlepool College of Further Education were interviewed and then short listed for 7 available positions. These include an electrician, a welder, two maintenance fitters, two tool and die designers, and a CNC operator. Four apprentices will be starting their 3- to 4-year on-site placement today, with three others due to join the business before the start of the next semester. In addition, Caparo Forging Europe (Hartlepool) has already identified further opportunities for similar job based training and has firm plans to expand their apprenticeship intake in the future.

Steve Summers, Plant Director at Caparo Forging Europe (Hartlepool) comments: “We would like to thank Hartlepool Council and Tees Valley Apprentice Programme (TVAP) for backing us as a manufacturer in the local community; and thank you even more on behalf of the young people joining our business today. Because of the funding made available to us we have been able to offer each one a position that includes a one day per week release programme. This will allow them to attend college and further their formal education while at the same time developing their work–based skills at our forging facility.

As a business we are very aware of the acute shortage of young engineers in our industry. We believe this to be a fantastic opportunity to give apprentices the best practical knowledge in a way that does not put the entire financial strain on the business. By helping promising engineers from the area and developing our pool of capabilities, we will benefit both Caparo and the local community.”

For further details on the apprenticeship programme at Caparo Forging Europe (Hartlepool) please contact Steve Summers on 01429 850 932 or email steve.summers@caparoforging.com.

Posted: 19 July 2011
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