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Apprenticeships and the UK engineering skills gap

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

An Atlas Copco apprenticeship scheme is providing apprentices with the practical engineering skillsand commercial experience required for a career in the compressed air sector.The initiative is also helping Atlas Copco to maintain high standards ofengineering excellence.


Donald Draffin, a firstyear apprentice based in Atlas Copco’s Cumbernauld Service Centre said, ‘mytraining has already given me real hands on experience with the latestcompressor technology which is great, but it is also giving me an insight intothe commercial side of the industry and how an organisation such as Atlas Copcooperates. I really believe this combination will enable me to develop all ofthe necessary technical and business skills and expertise needed for a careeras a compressor engineer.’

Commenting on the thinkingbehind the scheme, Paul Frost, Manager of Atlas Copco’s Systems Hemel Hempsteaddivision said, ‘By running our own apprenticeship scheme in conjunction withlocal colleges we are able to recruit suitable young engineers who will developon a personal level whilst reinforcing our own engineering capabilities for thefuture. This helps to maintain the high quality products and support for whichwe are known, as well as long term benefits for the trainee, Atlas Copco andultimately, our customers.’

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd

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