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Training much more than surface deep at Poeton

9 November 2017

Poeton has offered apprenticeships for 30 years. The Gloucester manufacturer, which provides surface treatments to manufacturers in the aerospace and defence sectors, has a global customer base and needs skilled staff. Apprenticeships form the starting point.

Speaking to Business and Innovation Magazine, Gary Ridgway, Group Technical Training Manager, said: Due to the specialist nature of our business, training staff is important and we have to grow our own talent. Once training has completed, trainees and apprentices regularly move on into supervision and management roles within the company.” 

“Poeton use Gloucestershire College for the delivery of engineering apprenticeships. The monitoring and support given to apprentices by the college as part of the apprenticeship is exemplary, as is the teaching and delivery of practical skills.  

“The GC training coordinators meet regularly with Poeton apprentices to check on progress and identify any concerns. This ensures that apprentices contribute to the continued success of the company and go on to have successful careers with us.” 

The manufacturer has a dedicated training area at its factory where practical and knowledge-based training is delivered to existing staff including apprentices, this includes industry-specific training which leads to qualifications awarded by the Institute of Materials Finishing.

GC Training Coordinator, Emily Kelly, said: “We are currently training five engineering apprentices employed with Poeton, who study at college one day a week, with modules covering everything from turning techniques, further mathematics and health and safety, to machining by turning and milling, and engineering drawing. 

“Our engineering lecturer, Joe Sklenar, has gone above and beyond to ensure that all apprentices have access to CAD equipment at college and receive additional support outside of timetabled sessions if required. Due to the nature of the work undertaken by Poeton CAD isn’t used in the workplace, and therefore not part of their job roles; but our apprentices gain these additional skills, which give them an edge over their peers. 

“One apprentice, Sam Goga, has just completed his intermediate apprenticeship and successfully gained full-time employment with the company. Sam was very involved in sharing the benefits of engineering apprenticeships in schools with Gary, and even visited the House of Commons (pictured).”

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