A high level delegation from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) recently visited Trafford Park precision engineering firm Torkington Engineers to see at first hand the way they are using Apprenticeships to secure the future of their business. Torkington Engineers have worked with The Skills Company for the last 10 years to recruit and train their apprentices.
The visit was part of a two day programme intended to highlight Greater Manchester’s vision for growth and to identify opportunities to develop a closer working relationship between Greater Manchester and BIS. The delegation, led by BIS Permanent Secretary Martin Donnelly met apprentices and heard about Torkington’s ambitious Apprenticeship training programme, which aims to develop highly skilled engineers to meet the needs of the precision engineering industry.
Dean Murphy, Production Manager at Torkington said: “The company specialises in very high technology precision engineering and uses state-of-the-art computer controlled equipment to produce critical parts using very high value materials, so we need to recruit high calibre, educated young people who will be able to cope with the rigorous demands of our work.
“Most of our work is custom made to very specific customer requirements, so it’s essential that our staff are highly skilled, flexible and good problem solvers. For us, the key benefit of the Apprenticeship programme is that we get to train our apprentices to our own high standards and in our own modern ways of working.”
Cathy Broderick, Director of Industrial Sectors at The Skills Company said: “We were delighted to be involved in this visit by these key policy makers and to showcase the great work that Torkington Engineers are doing in developing the workforce of the future. The BIS officials were really interested and were very impressed at the commitment of the company to the highest quality training.”
The delegation also visited Vickers Electronics, The National Graphene Institute and Manchester Science Park and met with senior public and private sector representatives during the two day visit.