Machining giant JCB have invested £8 million in their early careers programme helping young people back to work following the pandemic. The programme allows apprentices and graduates to walk a well-trodden path towards academic and engineering success.
JCB’s early careers programme has evolved into one of the most prolific in the UK with over 150 new jobs created for graduates and apprentices. Driven by a rising demand in construction and agricultural machinery the investment comes as a boost to British industry addressing the skills shortage head-on and setting the stage for a new era in STEM. The news follows permanent contracts for 200 agency employees at JCB in July.
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “JCB’s future growth and success depends on recruiting and training new talent. JCB always plans for the long term and that is more important than ever as the business goes through a period of rapid growth. We are delighted to welcome our new apprentices and graduates as they embark on challenging and rewarding careers.”
JCB Group HR director Max Jeffery said: “Competition for places on the JCB apprenticeship and graduate schemes is always fierce and this year we had more 2,000 applications. We set the bar very high when we recruit people and many JCB apprentices in recent years have gone on to win national awards, which is testament to the quality of the schemes we run. Our new intake of apprentices and graduates will play a fundamental role in shaping this business in the future.”
The success of the early careers programme, together with the JCB Academy has seen JCB partner with brands across sectors such as construction, agriculture, engineering and manufacturing to deliver up and coming talent in the UK. JCB are active in developing engineers for careers even away from the firm. The Carfulan Group partners with the JCB academy to source engineering talent, and August saw Carfulan welcome six new apprentices from the scheme across brands – OGP UK, SYS Systems, ZOLLER and VICIVISION.
Carfulan Group Managing Director Chris Fulton said: “We would like to thank the JCB Academy for its continued support of this scheme, with many apprentices developing into full-time employees at the Carfulan Group and excellent engineers thanks to the successful partnership.”
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