Wednesday, 26th September 2018
Whale Tankers’ Accredited Apprenticeship Scheme continues to thrive as four new recruits joined the Whale family at the beginning of September, following in the footsteps of last year’s intake of six apprentices.
This year will see some new and different areas of study for the group. While the ‘class of 2017’ apprentices were immersed in a wide range of courses in fabrication & welding, product design engineering and IT software development, 2018’s cohort of four has one potential product design engineer with the rest of the group being focused on mechatronics. This is a multi-disciplinary field which combines mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering.
Lisa Terry, Whale’s HR Manager who oversees the apprenticeship programme, said: “Whale Tankers is committed to the concept of apprenticeships and this is an excellent way to ensure our future workforce is completely engaged with our products and company culture.
“It’s an absolute delight to be involved in the apprenticeship scheme. Over the last two years alone, we have had more than 150 applicants eager to be part of this programme, so we get to select the best from a hugely talented pool of young people.”
Rob Cuff is the Training Mentor who has worked at Whale for more than 20 years and has the role of guiding and supporting the novices through all aspects of Whale’s engineering processes.
Rob said: “Whale’s Apprenticeship programme is our best opportunity to ‘future-proof’ the business and make sure we don’t encounter the skills gaps that many other companies within industry are experiencing. And I am the lucky person who has the privilege of working with a great group of interesting young people who are genuinely hungry for knowledge and meaningful, hands-on experience.”
Over the last 19 years, Whale has taken on 40 apprentices, 25 of which are still working within the company, with some having progressed into management roles.