Shane blazes apprenticeship trail at Barnbrook Systems

  Young engineer Shane Hutton is leading the way for a new wave of apprentices at a Hampshire manufacturing firm. He has become the first trainee from Fareham-based Barnbrook Systems Ltd to attend the Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST). Fareham College runs the purpose-built facility in the Solent Enterprise Zone at the Daedalus airfield, … Read More

Lights! Camera! Action! Yellow Buses’ duo star in campaign

Two apprentices at Yellow Buses were chosen by the Educational Development Trust to take part in a national campaign. Charlie Seymour and Ryan Pestell star in promotional videos that were launched during National Apprenticeship Week. Ryan joined the Bournemouth-based operator in 2015 as an HGV technician apprentice and Charlie is a first year mechanical apprentice. Both describe the advantages of … Read More

Plugging the construction industry skills gap

Skills shortages are set to hit the construction industry over the next few years. A 1.7 % sector growth forecast for five years until 2021 means youth is desperately needed, but the number of workers retiring is outstripping new blood. Dorset-based SMD, which designs, manufactures and installs metal decking systems and associated concrete work, is acutely aware of the problem. … Read More