Engineering Apprenticeship Recruitment Event
Plymouth-based manufacturer BD and apprentice specialists Cornwall College Business are joining forces to find three world-class engineering apprentices.
BD is an international pharmaceutical company whose Plymouth plant is one of the premier evacuated tube and needle production facilities in the world. Every day millions of tubes are used in more than 20,000 hospitals around the world that are created, tested and manufactured by the 650 strong team at their site on the edge of Dartmoor; a team which includes 13 apprentices.
BD has recruited apprentices for the last 11 years as a way for the company to develop talent for the future. Barrie Palmer, Facilities Mechanical Team Leader said: “The apprenticeship lasts for three years where you will be employed by BD, but receive training from Cornwall College at the same time. Apprentices can expect an excellent benefits package and fantastic future job prospects – many apprentices have developed their careers with BD and moved on to become qualified Engineers and a few have progressed to become Managers.”
Daryl Hall (21) is a 4th Year Engineering Apprentice with BD. He said: “My apprenticeship experience with BD has been really worthwhile and enjoyable. I got a nationally recognised qualification, learnt a whole range of new skills and met a lot of people.”
BD was awarded the national status as ‘Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer’ to work for in 2011 and has been selected as one of only 20 companies to act as ambassadors of apprenticeships nationwide. Every year BD recruit just three engineering apprentices who can prove to them that they have what it takes to work for one of the region’s top employers. Mr Palmer continued: “We are looking for people who enjoy practical work, who can work well as part of a team and who will be committed to their training and the company. If that’s you, we’d love to hear from you.”
Andrew Philips is the Engineering Curriculum Area Manager at Cornwall College where the engineering apprentices will study one day a week, learning the practical skills and qualifications that they need to operate machinery and to meet the high standards that BD expect. He said: “The engineering apprenticeship route gives individuals the chance to start a highly rewarding career in a forward thinking and exciting industry. The training at Cornwall College ensures that the apprentices learn the basic skills that they need, that can immediately be put into practice when they return to work.”
If you think you have got what it takes to become an engineering apprentice, visit the Engineering Apprenticeship Recruitment Day on Saturday 17th March at The Business Space, Plymouth where you will have a chance to speak to the BD and Cornwall College teams to find out more.