Poeton has offered apprenticeships for 30 years. This manufacturer, which provides surface treatments to manufacturers in the aerospace and defence sectors, has a global customer base and needs skilled staff. Apprenticeships form the starting point.
Gary Ridgway is Poeton’s Group Technical Training Manager. He said:
“Due to the specialist nature of our business, the training of our staff is important and we have to grow our own talent. Once training has completed, trainees and apprentices regularly move on into supervision and management roles within the company.”
Poeton apprentices follow a number of different routes, from engineering to business administration and those based at Gloucester are training through Gloucestershire College.
The manufacturer has a dedicated training area at its factory where practical and knowledge based training is delivered to existing staff including apprentices, this includes industry specific training which leads to qualifications awarded by the Institute of Materials Finishing.
The support Gloucestershire College offers apprentices on their journey is excellent, says Gary. This includes the teaching staff, assessors and the learning co-ordinators who meet regularly with Poeton apprentices to check on progress and identify any concerns.