Redditch based Redhill Manufacturing have announced the appointment of two new Engineering Apprentices within the expansion of their Apprenticeship scheme.

Following an early summer recruitment campaign led by Next Gen Makers, Adam Morris and Tyrese Semper were successful in gaining the roles.

Adam joins as an Apprentice Engineering Operative and Tyrese as part of a Welding Apprenticeship.

Redhill Manufacturing is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of access, storage and manual handling equipment, offering a comprehensive range of products, built in the West Midlands, and supplied to industry, wholesalers and businesses across the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Managing Director Andy Colley comments: “We are delighted to welcome Tyrese and Adam to the company on their Apprenticeships and look forward to seeing their development within the business. It is imperative that SME manufacturers like us invest in nurturing our own skilled young engineers.

“This makes sense to help future proof skills within the business, but also to help protect us against external market pressures. In Redditch for example, industry suffers from a dearth of fabrication and welding skills, as larger companies hoover up time served talent – with few within the local labour market to replace them. We see the expansion of our Apprenticeship scheme, and providing opportunities to keen young people, as central to our people strategy moving forward”.

Redhill Manufacturing used their involvement with Next Gen Makers to find the best young engineering talent for their roles. Tyrese will now commence his Level 3 Welding Apprenticeship with Hereford and Worcestershire Group Training Association whilst Adam begins a Level 2 Engineering Operative standard at Heart of Worcester College before progressing on to level 3.

“We were actually one of the first ever Champion members of Next Gen Makers and our company has been promoted widely to engineering students at local High Schools, Sixth Forms and Colleges during that time. Once we decided that we wanted to invest in new Apprentices, we felt that it made sense for us to use the platform that we had via Next Gen Makers to attract and identify the most relevant individuals for the roles” adds Andy.

Both Tyrese and Adam were attracted to the apprenticeship roles as a result of a new ‘Engineering Apprenticeship Finder’ initiative piloted by Next Gen Makers within their school and college network commencing in February and concluding in August 2021.

Next Gen Makers managed the recruitment process for Redhill Manufacturing, liaising with local Colleges and Training Providers in their network to identify best fit courses and delivery models.

The two new Apprentices now have a pathway mapped out to develop and progress within the business, with opportunities to experience various departments whilst working to Apprenticeships that have a defined end goal.