Engineering solutions provider, Axiom Engineering Associates has appointed three new apprentices to its business as it continues develop its succession planning strategy and bridge the skills gap within the engineering industry.
Axiom combines three complementary engineering disciplines, Mechanical and Materials engineering with UKAS accredited Inspection services to deliver wraparound asset care for process equipment. Operating across a diverse range of industry sectors both in the UK and internationally, the new apprentices will begin their journey in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) based at the head office in Stockton- on-Tees.
Whilst the business has remained buoyant, the impact of Covid-19 has meant that the apprenticeship programme was paused until it was safe to do so in addition to ensuring the new apprentice intake were able to gain as much hands-on experience as possible. Axiom’s apprentice programme has developed over a number of years as it continued to invest in the local economy which has led to rigorous recruitment process resulting a high calibre of candidates to ultimately secure their places as apprentices in the growing business.
Leader of the apprenticeship programme, Adam Morris, NDT Technical Manager said, “The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and a focus on business-led standards has meant that businesses like Axiom can embrace this approach and embed this programme within their recruitment and long-term strategy.”
He added, “We recognise the importance and value of apprentices to the organisation and are committed to our ongoing investment in young talent from the local region. Apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity not only for candidates to receive training and a career but also businesses which can develop the essential engineering skills that are becoming scarce.
We are delighted to welcome three new apprentices, Kieran Gamble, Max Eastick and Ryan Webster to the Axiom team and will be monitoring their progress closely to ensure that they have every opportunity to learn and succeed within their new roles.”
During the programme, each apprentice will be provided with a structured development plan, tailored to their existing capabilities and support gradual learning with regular external testing to ensure quality standards are achieved. Training is normally a three-year programme as the apprentices become trained in the NDT business area, offering both on-site and office experience and working alongside experienced Axiom NDT technicians and Inspectors. Current apprentices, Matthew Black, Jamie Frew and Daniel Connor have now completed their programme and have secured permanent roles within the business.
Despite the uncertainty of the economic climate during the Covid-19 pandemic, Axiom has continued to forge ahead with its ambitious growth strategy. The company has enjoyed an increasing presence and profile which will be supported by the planned opening of a new office at the Saltend site in Q4 2021. Axiom continues to differentiate itself from its competitors through its integrated offerings, creating value for both their clients and wider stakeholders.