In recent years we have developed our own apprenticeship programme as a logical and effective response to the industry-wide challenge of aging and deskilling of the workforce.

Our Centre of Craft Excellence aims to re-balance the potential skill shortage. We would like to start introducing you to some of our aspiring leaders of the future!

Seventeen-year-old Leah Villiers also has a personal success story.

“I am a Cost Estimator Apprentice at Premier Group and I am studying a BTEC NVQ in mechanical engineering. I was employed in September 2015 and did six months at Midlands Group Training Services, finishing in March 2016.

“I do four days at work and one day at college. It’s easy to work with everyone here at Premier Group. I want to further develop my career in engineering and I’m confident that this is the best place to do it place to do it. Everyone is friendly and supportive, and they really want you to succeed.”

Pete Smith, Business Development Director weighs in: “Leah’s success is proof that STEM is not just for the boys – anyone can have a great career path in STEM. She joined us when she was just sixteen and now she is on her way to becoming an excellent engineer. The greatest benefit is that she entered the manufacturing sector early on and she will quickly become a very skilled employee. We hope to support more girls like Leah and help guide and educate them so UK PLC has reliable and competitive workforce it can count on.”

For more information on our Centre of Craft Excellence please click here.