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Comprehensive four-year apprenticeship at Eaton

25th November 2013
Nat Bowers

Eaton has today announced a comprehensive four-year apprenticeship scheme at the company’s manufacturing site in Worksop. Helping young people to acquire a wide range of practical engineering and production skills, the apprenticeship involves working in every department of the factory including the tool making department and the injection moulding shop as well as the product assembly areas.

With the scheme carefully formulated to equip the apprentices with skills that will be invaluable to them throughout their careers, the apprentices are primarily recruited from local technical colleges, which work closely with Eaton to identify suitable candidates.

Neil Gill, Plant Manager for Eaton’s Worksop manufacturing operations, comments: “Not only does the scheme provide training of the very highest standard, it also gives the apprentices an outstanding opportunity to start building a career in the Eaton organisation. And the possibilities for progression within Eaton are almost limitless – in fact, two of the members of the current leadership team at Worksop started their careers as apprentices here.”

Allowing the apprentices to gain theoretical knowledge that will complement and enhance the practical elements of their training, the apprenticeship scheme includes a college release arrangement and the college lecturers frequently visit the factory to gain for themselves up-to-date first-hand knowledge of the processes in which the apprentices are involved.

All apprentices at Eaton’s Worksop site receive comprehensive and broad-based training, while many receive further training biased toward a specific job function for which Eaton is likely to have a future requirement. Helping the company maintain its exceptionally high apprentice retention rate, this increases the probability of the apprentices being offered a permanent post after completing the training.

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