South Staffs College Engineering student Edward Doubidat has successfully gained an Apprenticeship at Cannock based RSD Pressings.

Edward, a Level 3 Engineering student, has now started as an Apprentice Press Brake Operator with the company as part of a 3-year Apprenticeship delivered by South Staffs College.

Following a period of significant investment in new machinery and a succession of new contract wins, RSD Pressings felt the time was right to bring new Apprentices on board, using their membership of Next Gen Makers to find the best young engineering talent for the roles.

“We have been members of Next Gen Makers for just over 12 months and from the various factory visits or talks that we have been involved in to Engineering students from local Colleges, we have seen firsthand the young Engineering talent that exists”, comments Danny Burton, Director at RSD Pressings.

“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 in order to attract and identify the most relevant students for the role”.

Next Gen Makers managed the recruitment process for RSD Pressings, liaising with local Colleges in our network to promote the role and identify best fit.

Next Gen Makers Director Adam Tipper comments: “There was a lot of interest in the RSD Pressings Apprenticeship as the company had already built up a level of familiarity with Engineering students. They achieved this by being proactive in their involvement in Next Gen Makers activity, such as factory tours and our Engineering Careers Roadshow talks. Add to that the fact that this is clearly a very exciting time for what is a great business and it’s a no-brainer for any prospective Engineer”.

Edward now has a 3-year Apprenticeship planned out, including a pathway that will assist his development through the company once the Apprenticeship is completed.

“We feel it’s important to have a career path evident to our Apprentices, so they have a view of where they could be if the apply themselves. Ed has a great Apprenticeship and following the successful completion of that, knows that he can progress right up to middle management and enjoy a great career with us. We are pleased to have him on board, and I am sure he will prove to be a great addition to our team” concludes Danny.

RSD Pressings will also announce the appointment of an Apprentice Toolmaker in June 2020.