Promoting the ‘engineers of the future’
MULTI-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Rolton Group – based in Higham Ferrers – recently recruited two young people in to modern apprentice programmes to kick-start careers in engineering.
Supported by local colleges, Rolton Group has set up an apprenticeship in built environment engineering and another in business administration.
Apprenticeship programmes offer an alternative way into rewarding careers for young people who may be deterred from traditional higher education but want to build successful careers in engineering.
Tom Bishop (17), from Oundle, has joined the company as a Built Environment Engineering Apprentice and 19-year-old Charlotte Nimmo, from Kettering, has taken a position as Business Administration Apprentice.
Peter Rolton, chairman of Rolton Group, said: “Without the engineers of the future, the landscape of the built environment will certainly suffer and we recognise that investing in this area is crucial.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for young engineers to join the industry. All too often we put emphasis on university degrees, but with the ever increasing costs of higher education putting people off, learning on the job through structured apprenticeships is just as good an option for a successful career. At Rolton Group, we are passionate about nurturing our staff and that will be no different with these two fantastic young apprentices.”
Apprentice Tom Bishop, said: “I have always done very well at computer aided design in school and I wanted to pursue a career in something I am interested in. Rolton Group will give me the opportunity to work alongside knowledgeable and experienced engineers and gain a qualification.”
Apprentice Charlotte Nimmo, said: “There are huge benefits to doing an apprenticeship, one of which is that you are getting on the job learning which allows you to understand the work you are doing as you can apply it to real life.”
Rolton Group also offers a structured graduate training programme and regularly participates in ‘open door’ career events at schools and colleges.
British engineering is facing a serious skills shortage as the higher education system is only producing 46,000 engineering graduates annually – an additional 87,000 are needed in order to meet growing demand.
* Last month, Rolton Group was crowned Engineering Consultancy of The Year – an award sponsored by the Institute of Civil Engineers – at the prestigious 12th annual Builder & Engineer Awards held in Manchester. The company was recognised for its outstanding dedication to providing high-quality multi-disciplinary services and delivering fully co-ordinated engineering solutions on a range of projects.
Peter Rolton said: “Our strengths are the solid relationships with our clients, many of whom we have known for 35 years, and our dedication to the next generation of engineers. It is a fantastic achievement and is a just reward for the hard work and care we have shown towards delivering a range of modern and efficient engineering solutions.”
Above – INVESTING IN THE FUTURE: Peter Rolton with apprentices Tom Bishop and Charlotte Nimmo.