A new intake of early careers professionals put the foundations in place for their future careers with a teambuilding day at cutting-edge south Dorset firm ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK).
The 17-strong group tackled a series of challenges as part of their induction with the world-leading defence business on the Dorset Innovation Park at Winfrith.
AEUK welcomed the new employees – many from south and west Dorset – as part of its latest intake of early careers professionals for 2018.
With a 400-strong workforce at Winfrith, AEUK specialises in innovative maritime technology and systems, including sonars, mine countermeasures, combat systems, underwater communications, hydro acoustics and maritime security.
Russell Warren, HR director of AEUK, said: “As AEUK continues to grow at Winfrith we’re recruiting increasing numbers of talented young employees, including many from the local area.
“The teambuilding day gave this year’s intake the chance to get to know each other and settle in at AEUK.”
“Our focus is on developing our people to help the company grow and give them the opportunity to progress their careers with us.”
The group was split into teams to tackle the ‘AEUK Maritime Mission’. This included designing their own brand and team name; creating a structurally sound bridge out of spaghetti, marshmallows and sweets; building model boats out of plasticine; raising an alarm and fixing the electricity on a circuit board; and a final race to the finish line with question time.
Local apprentice Jamie said: “It was a very enjoyable and constructive day.
“It’s great that we have a company such as AEUK on our doorstep and I’m looking forward to learning new skills and progressing my career.”
Apprenticeships are offered across the company, including in engineering, accountancy, mechatronics, IT, and business administration.
The scheme has been running since 2015. AEUK believes in nurturing young talent and sponsors three local schools for their Dorset Young Chamber membership.
AEUK also has an IMECHE accredited graduate scheme to help engineering graduates achieve professional recognition.
AEUK operates from its headquarters at Winfrith, as well as its waterside test facilities at Bincleaves in Weymouth and Portland Marina in Portland. It is the largest subsidiary in the ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Group.