A group of Leeds students has visited Leeds Welding Company to see for themselves the careers and apprenticeships on offer in a modern engineering business.
Leeds Welding employs more than 120 people and has recently invested in high-tech laser cutting and robotic welding machinery with plans to take on four new apprentices this year as part of the firm’s long-running apprenticeship and training programme.
Managing director Richard Eaglen, who along with other members of Leeds Welding’s management team began his working life, aged 16, as a sheet metal apprentice, said:
“We are firm advocates of apprenticeships, which are a really excellent start on the career ladder for young people. There’s a misconception among parents, and some students, that an apprenticeship with a company like Leeds Welding will result in someone becoming a welder all their life. In fact there are tremendous opportunities to learn about all aspects of a modern engineering business, from CAD/CAM technology to production engineering, purchasing and stock control, with the option to develop in an area of the business that is of most interest.”
He added: “For anyone who is considering choosing an apprenticeship over a university course I would say that in the workplace, hands-on education and a grounding in a practical environment has double the value of academic qualifications.”