Skilled labour can be difficult to find, particularly for a company like us that needs employees with a depth and breadth of experience and skill that is uncommon. We find that some of our best employees are those who have trained with us and gained their experience in the varied melting pot of work and demands that come our way. So our apprenticeship scheme is key to us building and passing on the skills we have developed using home grown talent. We have a very low turnover of staff and most of our skilled staff are White Bros trained.
We regularly take on apprentices, putting them through a training course with our provider who we have successfully worked in partnership with for many years.
The training provider bridges the gap between school and the workplace giving the new pre-apprentice a sound basic training in the required engineering skills and health & safety in controlled environments. It also gives time to reflect on their chosen path before commencing full employment.
After successfully gaining employment at White Bros the apprentices’ progress is regularly monitored over the four years of their apprenticeship by the training provider assessment team working closely with the apprentice’s management mentor.
We now believe that with the assistance of our external training resource we have one of, if not the best quality sheet metal apprenticeship schemes on Tyneside.
We also believe that apprenticeships are not just for school leavers and young people. There is no upper age limit and if you’re over 16, living in England and not in full-time education then you’re eligible to become an adult apprentice.
There can be real business benefits from investing in the development of a diverse workforce through an apprenticeship programme.