Brinsworth Training apprentices join Alcoa

Brinsworth Training has supplied 12 engineering apprentices to Alcoa at its two former Firth Rixson sites in Sheffield.

Alcoa, the US metals giant, took over Firth Rixson, the global leader in aerospace components, last month in a deal worth £1.7bn.

Nine of the apprentices are based at the forging division at Meadowhall, and the other three at the metals division site at Ecclesfield.

The apprentices are currently undergoing up to 14 weeks of intensive, basic training at Brinsworth Training in Rotherham.

Jen Bramley, operations director of Brinsworth Training, said: “As the manufacturing industry’s fortunes are turned around they need staff with the right skills to carry out the work.

“And young people need the skills to do the jobs out there; so apprenticeships are a great way to marry the needs of both school leavers and industry.”

The nine apprentices at the Meadowhall site will be trained in machine operations and computer-controlled systems.

They are Sam Foster, James Wingrove, Faraz Shafiq, Jak Broad, Joseph Maples, Josh Margerrison, Isaac-Kenny Obaghoro, Joe Goulsbra and Shameel Handfield.

The three apprentices at Ecclesfield, Emily Davies, Joseph Askham and Thomas Lazenby, will work in laboratories in the technical department.

The factory employs more than 140 people and makes forged and converted metal products for markets including aerospace, power generation and transport.

Joseph, who was a student at Firth Park Community Arts College, said: “I always wanted to go in to a career that suited my best subjects of maths and science. So getting the apprenticeship at Alcoa is fantastic.”

After hearing about the Introduction 2 Engineering pilot run through the Academy of Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence (AMEE), 17-year-old Joseph approached Brinsworth Training and spent eight weeks in the training centre learning bench fitting and engineering maintenance techniques.

He was also given support with interview techniques and CV and profile writing, before being offered the apprenticeship.

Joseph is now studying for a level 3 qualification in mechanical engineering, initially at Brinsworth Training, before moving to spend more time at Alcoa.

Jo Banks of Alcoa said: “What we look for in apprentice is someone with the aptitude and enthusiasm to do the job.

“Then we need to work closely with them to gain the skills and knowledge, which is why it is so good to have Brinsworth Training as a partner.”

Joseph Askham and Jen Bramley of Brinsworth Training

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