Bradbury Engineering Academy
Working in partnership with North Lindsey College, the Bradbury Engineering Academy was set-up to offer young people unique engineering apprenticeships with the dynamic, award winning, Scunthorpe based company, the Bradbury Group Ltd.
Offering young people the opportunity to work towards an NVQ level 3, whilst gaining valuable work based experience, the Academy was introduced to help the company build their future workforce and fill skills gaps which had hindered the technical team’s progression in recent years.
The Academy, which has recently expanded from six to take on three more apprentices, provides opportunities for its apprentices to receive experience across multiple disciplines in engineering. In the first year the apprentices experience a variety of engineering job functions within the research and development and engineering departments, before moving on, in the second year, to specialise in one of three job roles: Design / CAD Engineer, CAD Technician or Tooling Technician. In the third year the apprentice will complete their apprenticeship and in most cases move into full time employment with the company. There are numerous benefits to the Academy scheme including an incremental salary scale (above the national minimum), opportunities to progress and the option to enter the Academy at different levels according to your experience and qualifications.
Alex Todd, a previous Melior Community College student, joined the Academy with the first intake of apprentices in 2014. He had previously studied IT and engineering qualifications at John Leggott College but had been unable to find his ideal role as he needed to develop his work experience.
Alex said, “I didn’t have the practical knowledge so I decided to apply for an apprenticeship at the Bradbury Group. I wanted to gain hands-on experience and practical skills in a real life working environment. My role at Bradbury Group Ltd includes working on 2D and 3D CAD designs as part of the quality and improvement department, working on designs for metal sheet door sets, door hardware and creating the artwork for 3D models in marketing brochures. I’m so proud of how far my knowledge has come since starting with the Bradbury Group Ltd. When I first started, I had limited knowledge of engineering and where I wanted to go with my career, but now I can see myself completing my NVQ and embarking upon a long and successful career with the company.”
Mentors at the Bradbury Group Ltd actively advertise that the new recruits are the future of the company. Each apprentice has a clear career path focused towards a full time role upon completion of their apprenticeship. The business supports their apprentices helping them to prioritise their workload, working with each apprentice individually to integrate their College workloads into their project timescales, encouraging them to take a practical approach in their learning.
Alex added, “We are actively encouraged to model, produce and test our own product developments with the intention of them going to market. We have regular appraisals and reviews which helps us to maximise our time, both in work and at College. The best thing about being an apprentice at Bradbury Group Ltd is that they treat us like professionals, not students, and they are always around to answer any questions and assist with our work.”