Engineering services design consultants Troup Bywaters + Anders has showcased its commitment to the next generation by joining The 5% Club.
Troup Bywaters + Anders, which was established in 1958 and has 8 offices across the UK, is committed to supporting and developing the next generation of engineers and leaders, building on their long running commitment to giving young people from all backgrounds a chance to create a successful career in engineering. The company has a well-defined and structured apprenticeship scheme now in its fourth year and provides a professional route into the engineering industry with both academic and development opportunities at all stages up to Chartership.
Managing Partner, Neil Weller is an ambassador of the company’s programme having started as an apprentice himself. Neil has spearheaded their apprenticeship drive from the start and is committed to the development of the new Trailblazer scheme with TB+A acting as lead employer with the future aim of apprentices achieving Incorporated Engineer status as a direct result of completing their apprenticeship.
‘’We now need to raise the standing of engineering apprenticeships in the eyes of parents and youngsters so they can see there is a credible alternative to full time education.
Apprenticeships provide access to the profession that would otherwise be closed to those less well off in our society as well as providing invaluable work experience and mentoring from employers who are committed to developing the next generation of professional engineers”.
In total, Troup Bywaters + Anders currently have 28 apprentices, graduates and sponsored students, representing 14% of the workforce. The key to their success in recruiting and supporting young people is the passion and commitment shown from the Partners and senior management team, which filters down through the organisation ensuring that they are supported by HR and mentors across the business.
They plan to increase their ratio to 20% in 2016 and see apprenticeship and STEM ambassadorial activities as crucial to delivering this. Membership of The 5% Club amongst others will play a key role in helping achieve this target.
To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter and LinkedIn.