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Coleg Y Cymoedd

Manufacturers newest recruits follow the apprenticeship path to success

10/12/2015
Coleg Y Cymoedd

Back row: Alex Lewis and Shawn Phillips. Front: Gareth Abraham, Callum Caddy and Joshua Maidment

A Newbridge-based contract electronics manufacturer has appointed three new apprentices to join it’s highly sought after scheme, which has a proven track record in providing new young talent with career path into the manufacturing and engineering industry.

Callum Caddy, 17, Joshua Maidment, 18, and Gareth Abraham, 20, have all secured apprenticeship places with contract electronics manufacturer, Axiom Manufacturing Services.

The apprenticeship scheme plays integral role in the company’s sustainable growth strategy, which has been developed to provide candidates with opportunities to gain experience across each of its business departments before selecting their individual specialisms.

Working as part of the wider 300-strong team at Axiom’s state-of-the-art Newbridge facility, the trio will also study at neighbouring college, Coleg y Cymoedd, as they work to gain their industry qualifications.

Now in its fifth year, Axiom’s apprenticeship scheme has developed a strong track record recruiting and developing high quality candidates into the industry. Crucially, the manufacturer has a history of retaining its apprentices as full time workforce.

Callum Caddy said: “This apprenticeship means a lot to me as I have been interested in electronics and engineering ever since my GCSE course in school. That was the point I first realised this is what I wanted to do with my career. I am very grateful for the company for giving me the opportunity to fulfil my career dream.”

Axiom is also celebrating the news that two of its existing apprentices have accepted fully employed positions within the company.

Alex Lewis and Shawn Phillips joined the apprenticeship scheme four years ago and have spent that time gaining experience in each department at Axiom, in addition to their college and university studies.

Shawn, 26, will now take the role of junior PCB design engineer, while working to complete his Honours Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Alex Lewis is set to take a full time role within the company’s AI Systems Engineering Department. Reflecting on their time at his time with the company to-date, they said: “This is a massive personal achievement for us both. Axiom has been extremely supportive over the past four years and has offered a vast range of experiences”.

Alex and Shawn aren’t the only ones setting the example at Axiom, the company’s managing director David Davies also begin his career via the apprentice route.     

David Davies, who is also a member of the CBI Wales Council and a board member of the ESTnet, said: “Ensuring that new talent is attracted to careers in electronics is of paramount importance to our business model. Developing career paths for young people is something that we, as a company, believe to be vital for our ongoing success. In the wider perspective, creating new routes is essential if we are to forge a long-term skilled workforce here in Wales to rival our global competitors.”

Axiom also operates a highly sought-after graduate scheme. The scheme provides degree level candidates with an individually tailored programme, which maximises the post-degree learning experience by allowing graduates to rotate through each of Axiom’s business support and manufacturing departments, before selecting their specialist field.

 

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