Siemens Lincoln have launched a pre-employment programme to provide young people with the skills needed to boost their employability and knowledge of the engineering environment.
Aimed at 18-24-year-olds, the 2013 group of trainees has been recruited following a selection and assessment process run with Lincoln College, Lincoln Job Centre, Ingenus and A4E.
The trainees completed modules of training in core electrical and mechanical engineering skills, such as hand fitting techniques and equipment maintenance, safety training, as well as communication, team and management skills.
They were also given the opportunity to participate in a Siemens-led Interview Skills training course, focused on boosting their confidence to cope successfully within a work place.
The current group consists of twenty trainees, all coming from a broad range of diverse backgrounds and varying levels of previous engineering experience.
As a result of completing their EAL NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, three have been offered apprenticeships by Siemens.
Angela Borman, entry level talent manager at Siemens in Lincoln said: “The programme is helping trainees develop a real passion for engineering.
“The group is bright and enthusiastic and has demonstrated this in the quality of their work and positive feedback from college tutors.
“We are delighted to hear that as a result of the programme trainees feel inspired to pursue careers in engineering and utilise their new found talents to secure employment.
“We have in fact offered apprenticeships to three of the trainees – what greater tribute to the success of the initiative do we need.”
Paul Birt, Human Resources Director for Siemens, said: “The Government’s Employer Ownership of Skills initiative fits with the Siemens philosophy of tailored training programmes extremely well.
“By involving employers like Siemens in both the development and subsequent management stages of the programme it clearly benefits the participants by ensuring the training closely meets the industry requirements.”