Evans & White, established for over 50 years as a sub contract machine shop and as a manufacturer of purpose built equipment for the steel process industry, have taken on an Apprentice machinist as part of plans to bring through a new generation of engineers within the company.

Zulfan Rafli joins the Kingswinford based company thanks to a collaboration between Dudley College and Next Gen Makers. Previously at Dudley College Zulfan had studied up to City & Guilds Level 3 Engineering (Mechanical/Manufacturing) 2850, which included him learning milling and lathe techniques amongst others.

“We are pleased to welcome Zulfan as part of the Evans & White team and congratulate him on his success in gaining the Apprenticeship”, comments Simon Jones, Director of Evans & White.

“I am a big believer in the Apprenticeship programme and giving young people a chance to start a career in Engineering, in the same way that I was. This is a great opportunity for Zulfan, one that I am sure he will grasp with both hands. He has a defined role within the company and a clear progression path”, adds Simon.

As part of the Apprenticeship Zulfan will further his study as part of the ‘Engineering Technician Level 3 – Pathway 9 Machinist’ Standard. Thanks to the West Midland Combined Authorities Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme, 100% of the training will also be funded.

In addition, further demonstrating the commitment of Evans & White Manufacturing to inspiring the next generation into engineering, the company will be enabling fellow Dudley College Engineering student Ammad Raja to pursue a shop floor industry placement within the business, including one day per week with the company.

Simon concludes: “We joined Next Gen Makers to raise our profile to the best engineering talent in our local colleges and part of doing this means we have the opportunity to give something back, providing opportunities such as the industry placement where Ammad can learn from us in our own environment, experiencing things that perhaps he might not in the classroom and further enhancing his potential as a future engineer”.