In-Comm Training enjoys record 199 engineering apprentice recruitment drive as vocational learning on the rise

by | Oct 5, 2023 | Good news | 0 comments

Interest in engineering apprentices is booming in the West Midlands after In-Comm Training
announced a 35% increase in the number of starts this September.

One of the UK’s leading training providers has recruited 199 individuals across its Aldridge
and Telford technical academies, with learners starting their careers in machining, robotics,
welding, electrical, mechatronics and toolmaking.

Companies, including Ansaldo Nuclear, Altrad Babcock, HS Marston Aerospace, Magna
Cosma Castings, Makita, RBSL and Veolia, are taking the long-term approach to beating the
current labour and skills shortage by opting to grow their own.

In addition to the budding engineers of the future, In-Comm Training also successfully
inducted 25 learners onto its Level 4 HNC programme – highlighting a strong move towards
upskilling workers.

Paul Hodgetts, Business Development Manager at In-Comm Training, commented: “We
have been able to fill nearly 90 additional vacancies this year, which is great news for local
employers and a massive indication that vocational learning is in the ascendancy.

“There is a lot of opportunity for industry at the moment, but the ability to scale up is being
held back by access to both the right people and the volume of individuals in the labour

He continued: “The results of our Training Barometer clearly showed that industry was
waking up to the importance of developing their own staff and apprenticeships now being
accepted as a credible career development choice.”

“In-Comm has also had a big drive on equality and diversity, making sure industry is seen as
a career for all. This is paying off with 30% of our new Telford cohort girls and nearly 19% of
our Aldridge learners coming from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background. The latter
is an impressive stat when you consider the national average for engineering is just 7%.”

The first cohort of learners have already started at both sites, with the second one set to
begin shortly.

Apprentices will go through a 1-week induction to their specific programme before
progressing into workshops that blend theory with practical training on manual and CNC
machines, and over £10m of metrology, CAD, fluid power, robotics and wire EDM

Depending on their pathway, they will be either full-time at In-Comm or part time and
spending the rest of the course at their employers, gaining experience and knowledge from
work-based mentors.

Jayne Guest, Recruitment Manager at In-Comm Training, concluded: “We will be continuing
our recruitment of apprentices throughout the coming months for our early 2024 cohorts and
then the big recruitment drive from Christmas kicks-off again – to fulfil our September and
October 2024 starts.”