Earning and learning: Tunstall launches £1m apprenticeship scheme

Tunstall Healthcare has announced the launch of its new apprenticeship scheme, designed to create the Tunstall engineers of the future.

Earning and learning: Tunstall launches £1m apprenticeship scheme

Sep 19, 2019

Six apprentices have been chosen from across the country: Bilaal Haider, Jack Griffiths, Joe Tadeo-Williams, Mark Moorcroft, Ethan Saunders and Harry Cheers.

Hundreds of applications were received, and Tunstall worked with The Engineering Trust, a charity established to promote and deliver high quality apprenticeships, to create a shortlist for interview. The final six were then selected and began their apprenticeships on 16th September.

The Tunstall apprentices will spend one day a week at college, studying over four years for a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Electrical Engineering. The remainder of the week will be spent working in the field under the supervision of experienced Tunstall engineers, and at the company’s head office in Yorkshire, to gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of the business. Each apprentice will have a dedicated mentor to support them as they train, and the Tunstall management team will also be taking a close interest in their progress.

Director of Customer Service and Support, Duncan Bennett, commented: “This is a million-pound investment in Tunstall’s future. We have an ageing engineering workforce in an industry that is becoming more digital by the day, and it is vital for the business that we profile our employees to ensure we have the skills to meet our customers’ changing needs. Engineering employers across the UK are experiencing recruitment difficulties and we hope the apprentice programme will ultimately mean we no longer need to recruit externally, as we will have created our own, best in class, engineering team.”

Harry Cheers said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to earn and learn at the same time. I’ve always enjoyed fixing things, so engineering is the perfect career for me, and it’s great to be able to combine studying with practical work, where I can benefit from the years of experience of professional engineers at a market-leading, innovative firm like Tunstall.”.

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