Around 30 potential future engineers, plus their parents came along the evening and were treated to a guided tour of the entire site including Bri-Stor Systems LCV conversion facility, Hex Signs & Graphics, Atlas Powder Coating and Alpha Manufacturing’s precision sheet metal fabrication factory.
In addition, this year’s tour included the brand-new Alpha Manufacturing offices and welfare facility which was recently completed as well a dedicated apprenticeship training facility built for next year’s apprenticeship intake.
Also on show during the evening were many of the products of apprentice team projects, such as the Soapbox Derby racers and the stunning Caterham Seven 360R, built by last years apprentices.
A mixture of Bri-Stor and Alpha engineers, current and former apprentices and Group Directors were on hand to give guided tours and answer any questions from students and parents. As usual, there were plenty of questions from engaged visitors as they were impressed by the manufacturing and engineering capabilities on site.
Many of the young visitors had already applied for either the Electro-Mechanical NVQ with Bri-Stor or Alpha’s Engineering & Manufacturing NVQ, with further applications received since the open evening.
Will Davies-Hill is Group Apprentice Manager and was delighted by the turn out:
“It was another hugely successful evening with great attendance and interest shown by those who came. The groups seemed really enthused and excited by the facilities and the course in general. For me, the most rewarding part of these evenings is to hear our current apprentices speaking really positively about their experiences and selling the programme to visitors”
Applications for both apprenticeships will remain open until 28th February, with interviews beginning in early March. Successful candidates will then begin their studies in September 2019.
Simply visit our apprenticeships page and complete a short form to register.
Corey Hammond and Reece Smith, who are in there first year of an engineering manufacturing apprentices at Alpha, were on hand to answer any questions that students might have.
The Cannock Chase careers fair marks the beginning of a busy period of recruitment for Alpha and the Bri-Stor Group, with a busy calendar of events, culminating in the Bri-Stor Group apprenticeship open evening on the 23rd Jan 2019.
Group apprentice manager William Davies-Hill was at the Cannock Chase College and was impressed with the young apprentices he took along.
“It’s great to see these young guys talk so confidently and positively about their experiences throughout their apprenticeships so far. It’s far more effective for young people to hear it from their peers who are currently living the apprenticeship than from myself. They do a great job whenever they represent us and it makes me proud.”
2018 was the most successful apprenticeship recruitment drive in the Bri-Stor Group’s history, with a record number of apprentices joining either the Alpha Manufacturing or Bri-Stor Systems programme. This year, the Group are looking to recruit a further 15 across the two companies.
The Bri-Stor Group apprentice open evening is open to student who have an interest in an engineering apprenticeship, along with their parents. The evening will be held at the Group ‘s Hixon site on January 23rd and will consist of a meet and greet, factory tour and Q&A sessions. If you’d like to attend, please complete our short registration form.