Crabtree invests in its future workforce

We have offered permanent contracts to four of our trainees after they successfully completed our apprenticeship programme.

Our apprenticeship scheme runs for four years and provides hands on training in all areas of our manufacturing activities, alongside classroom learning. All four trainees have now gained a level 4 HNC qualification in Mechanical Engineering.

Harry Potts and Liam McCartney have been appointed as mechanical fitters and will continue studying for a level 5 HND in Mechanical Engineering. John Ibbetson has been appointed as a machinist and will also study for a level 5 HND. Finally taking up a role in our inspection team is Thomas Ions, who has decided his future career will be in quality management.

Commenting on his apprenticeship, Harry Potts said: “I’ve really enjoyed the training I’ve been given from Crabtree and the experience I’ve had working as an inspector and service engineer and also in the office. However, I enjoyed my time as a fitter the most and I am therefore pleased to take up a permanent position in this role.”

Liam McCartney added: “Working at Crabtree has given me valuable experience and qualifications that I’m now enjoying putting into practice. I am delighted with my new role as a fitter due to the variety of work this provides along with the extensive worldwide travelling involved when working in customer’s factories.

John Ibbetson said: “I was lucky enough to hear about Crabtree through my uncle who worked here and he told me that it was a great place to work and train – so I applied and was offered a place through the training programme.

“I’m looking to progress my career here at Crabtree and continue my studying, so after my HND I hope one day to study for a degree in mechanical engineering.”

Thomas Ions commented: “The staff here at Crabtree are friendly and supportive. They have certainly helped me learn the skills I need for the role I’m now in. I’m really excited to have been offered a job as a quality inspector as it’s such a vital role within the business

Commenting on the apprenticeship programme: Crabtree managing director, Stephen McDowell, said: “As a company, we’re proud to be supporting the North East’s future engineering workforce by providing hands on experience and supporting the career ambitions of young people who are able to study for qualifications whilst earning.

“We have over 50 years’ experience in metal decorating and coating equipment which provides us with a deep source of specialist knowledge and expertise. Harry, Thomas, John and Liam are part of the future of our company and supporting their learning is an important part of our growth. They have all made a great impact in their roles in the company so far and we look forward to help them progress in their engineering careers.”

Read more about our apprenticeship scheme and workforce on our team page.