Engineering and technology services company Siemens announced on Tuesday that it will train a record number of apprentices in the UK this year.
Siemens, which employs 13,760 people in the UK, has over 400 apprentices on its longstanding programme. Since 2013, it has increased the number of new apprentices by 10% and has added 160 apprenticeship places across its four sectors: infrastructure and cities, energy, industry and healthcare.
The engineering company is providing training opportunities at its new state-of-the-art rail training academy at Siemens flagship train depot and UK service headquarters in Kings Heath, Northampton. The academy is a collaborative development between Siemens, NSARE (National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering) and the Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) pilot programme fund. This is a joint initiative with BMW Mini that offers advanced apprenticeships and also rolls out training to Siemens Magnet Technology’s supply chain based in Eynsham, Oxford.
According to Siemens, around 100 jobs will be created in the construction and subsequent operation of its new rail training academy, which is expected to welcome the first students in spring 2015. Siemens Magnet Technology proposed a two-pronged plan in 2013, for a share of a £67m Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) pilot programme fund, which works with structured training between the BMW Mini manufacturing site and Siemens Magnet Technology.
In addition, Siemens has designed a portal to inspire interest in engineering as a career. Launched in 2013, the Siemens Education Portal at http://www.siemens.co.uk/education is being rolled out to 5,000 UK schools, giving teachers, students and parents the opportunity to access a central hub of engineering information. The company has also added two new University Technical Colleges in Lincoln and Sheffield to its existing UTC portfolio.
As one of the major UK engineering employers, Siemens is also part of the Talent Retention Solution, an employer-led initiative which is intended to attract retain and develop people and engineering skills.
Toby Peyton-Jones, HR director at Siemens, commented: “Siemens was founded in the UK over 170 years ago with a pioneering spirit and is today still regarded as one of the UK’s top engineering firms and apprenticeship employers. We have a longstanding and highly successful apprenticeship scheme, which is integral to our approach to training and developing our engineers and leaders of the future. Apprenticeships truly deliver results – for the employer, for the apprentice and above all for the economy and society as part of overall industrial strategy to provide well-trained and industry-ready employees.”
Peyton-Jones added: “It would be hard to find an employer more committed than Siemens to nurturing engineering skills – across the board from schools, to colleges to universities, we are getting involved, investing and demonstrating the value of an employer-led collaborative approach to meet the needs of the future economy.”