"I took the apprentice route myself and I think it is important for us to support our industry through training and developing the skills of the next generation. And in the process we are able to fill specific skills gaps within our workforce.”

Stuart Chater (Managing Director): J Marklew Engineering Ltd, Netherton


"Apprenticeships have been a much better solution for our company. If we don’t pass our skills on, there is the risk of the industry dying. We are able to teach them the hands on practical work whilst the college course gives them the formal academic structure and background that we’re not qualified to deliver. As with any company, overheads can increase rapidly and the Skills Factory subsidy helped us to take on more apprentices”.

Vicki Wilkes (Managing Director): Phoenix Calibration & Services Ltd, Brierley Hill


"We’ve had the best nine months we’ve ever had. Machinery is of no use without skilled people and attention to detail is important. Harry’s progress has been phenomenal due to his diligent approach to work and hunger to learn. The apprenticeship has allowed us to support his career aspirations and the Skills Factory wage subsidy enabled us to invest in the company’s future at the same time. It’s great to be able to pass on your knowledge and experience to the younger generation”.

Nigel Houlston (Director): Carbex Ltd, Kingswinford


"At LEMA we are constantly discussing and resolving the skills sustainability needs of Engineering & Manufacturing employers across the West Midlands. With an ageing workforce and an improving economy the sector is in desperate need of new skills and the subsidy support offered by the Skills Factory has been widely welcomed by employers in support of apprentice recruitment in the Black Country. With full funding and grants now readily available, there has never been a better time to invest in young people and build skills for the future”.

David New (Commercial Director): LEMA (Lean Engineering & Manufacturing Academy) 


"We chose the apprentice route as we have been trying to get skilled people but there is such a big skills gap in the industry. This was a dwindling trade – apprentices are important for the longevity of the business – it’s satisfying to be able pass on your skills and knowledge to young people who want to learn. LEMA sorted out all the training so we don’t have to worry about anything and the additional Skills Factory subsidy is a bonus and goes some way to cover the costs while Lauren is still learning.”


"We are excited to participate in the rotation model with the Skills Factory. When we interviewed for the position Chanel was the strongest candidate and we are keen to encourage more women into the sector". 

Mike Dimmack (Plant Manager): Zero Cases UK Ltd, Smethwick