A Northampton based engineering firm has taken on two more apprentices, bringing its tally to four, as it aims to up-skill talent for the future.
GE Precision Engineering (GEPE) on St James Mill Road designs, manufactures and develops high performance engines and chassis components for the automotive and motorsport industry.
Keiran Thompson and Charles Marshall, both 18, have joined the GEPE team and as part of their training are undertaking an NVQ in Manufacturing Engineering at Northampton College.
GEPE founder, Garry Edwards, said: “Our toughest business challenge is recruiting and finding skilled personnel, that’s why it’s paramount we invest in young people.
“We are looking to create jobs and introduce new people to engineering and build the skills that are so necessary if the UK is to seriously compete in a highly competitive global economy.”
Funding for apprenticeship programme
GEPE has been granted funding for its apprenticeship programme through NEP. The company was also awarded a grant for research and development of a high efficiency engine.
“We’ve received excellent support from NEP which has supported our apprenticeship recruitment. Furthermore, thanks to their funding we are looking at researching and developing advanced engine technologies for low carbon vehicles,” explained Garry.
Jo Lappin, CEO, NEP, said: “The appointment of two more engineering apprentices is excellent news. GEPE is innovative and ambitious and recognises the importance of investing in skills to grow its business. I am delighted for Keiran and Charles and wish them both every success in their future careers.
“GEPE’s decision demonstrates just why NEP’s Love Our Future Workforce campaign, which is just about to be launched, really matters as it will focus on helping our key businesses to recruit talent and make sure that young people know what exciting career opportunities are available in Northamptonshire.”
GEPE has recently secured external funding from engineering investment company Alycidon Capital Ltd to support its growth plans as it extends its impact across the automotive sector.
More apprentices/engineers over next 12 months
Garry added: “This is an exciting time for GEPE and we will be looking to take on more apprentices and engineers over the next 12 months. We have spent the last seven years investing in the infrastructure of the business and are now ready to exploit our full capabilities domestically and internationally.”
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