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Award winning Precision Engineering career pipelines

Location:Leeds UK

Division:IMI Precision Engineering

Date:June 2015

To deliver our ‘good to ‘GREAT’ engineering vision, an effective new talent pipeline is important to achieve this.

IMI Precision Engineering in Leeds UK has been working hard to develop a close working relationship with the University of Bradford.  Summer student interns from the university join the business for 6 week placements to focus on real business projects.  It’s a great development opportunity for aspiring engineers having project aims and outcomes pre-defined.  Some of the interns are taking up permanent jobs with IMI which really helps us recruit the right people for the future.  A ‘Best Placement Student’ award was won by one of the interns at the University’s annual awards with Watson Smith receiving the ‘Best Placement Provider’ award.  Watson-Smith also won a National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) award at the PWC sponsored event in the ‘Best New Provider of Work Experience’ category. This award recognizes how strong links with local engineering universities and colleges can benefit everyone involved.

At our Precision Engineering Fradley UK site, they’ve worked hard to develop an effective apprenticeship programme to meet the skills shortage.  Employees at Fradley get involved in promoting the scheme at local careers and school events.  Our scheme mixes local training centre attendance and IMI work experience, rotating through all areas of the Fradley business. Later in the scheme there’s more time spent in the business areas that the apprentice and their managers feel are best suited longer term.

Fradley works closely with its external training partner In-Comm.  At their annual awards Fradley apprentice Mark Chamberlain won two awards; ‘Most Improved Apprentice’ and ‘Adult Learner of the Year’ in recognition for his efforts and achievements.  Fradley also won ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’, in recognition for the overall structure and delivery of its apprenticeship scheme.

It’s great to see the award winning efforts we’re making to grow our engineering talent – we offer great careers with outstanding development opportunities.