Richard Alan Engineering has taken on six engineering apprentices to join their apprenticeship scheme in the next few weeks. The company has an annual intake of apprentices who join the successful programme.

An apprentice recruitment day was held in April when 11 applicants took a written mechanical test, had a one-to-one interview , a tour of the Richard Alan Group workshops and group sessions which involved making a structure.

The following week, shortlisted candidates were invited to spend time on the shop floor and experience the working environment. The final shortlist candidates were invited, along with their parents/guardians to a site tour giving everyone an insight into Richard Alan Engineering, followed by a questions and answers session. All 6 applicants were made offers, 4 for apprenticeships in fabrication and 2 for mechanical engineering apprenticeships.

The photograph shows five of the successful apprentices on the induction day with the tool boxes they were presented with and wearing their company shirts. They were joined by Group HR Manager, Claire Westerman, Paul Naylor, Fabrication Tutor at Kirklees College and Tony Mackley, RAE Engineering Manager, who will act as mentor throughout the apprenticeship.
Pictured are: (l to r) Paul Naylor, Aaron Hardman, Marcus Fletcher, Oliver Clark, Casey Mcgowan, Hayley Osborne, Tony Mackley and Claire Westerman.

Two of the apprentices, Oliver Clark and Connor Mackley, are second generation at RAE with their fathers being long-term employees, both of who are in management positions.

Casey Mcgowan was introduced to Richard Alan Engineering through Entice. Entice is a project, run by St. John Fishers Catholic High School in Dewsbury, which is backed by the local council. Entice aims to work to bring together local businesses and talented students through an apprenticeship scheme. RAE intends to use this source again next year when seeking suitable applicants for their apprenticeship programme.