Apprenticeship Industry News

Blackpool firm welcomes new apprentices

BFW Management Ltd (Atlas) has announced two new additions to the firm after appointing  Tom Amos as apprentice electrician and Charlie Allen as the new apprentice in mechanical engineering.

The move follows the Blackpool-based business launching two new apprenticeship opportunities in partnership with Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC).

Aged 17, Tom is fresh from leaving school earlier in the Summer. Tom has always had a passion to pursue a trade and sees this as the perfect opportunity for him to shape a career as an electrician.

Charlie, aged 21,  is currently employed at a local fast food restaurant. He hopes that this opportunity will help him to forge a new career for himself in an industry that he finds extremely interesting.

Atlas’ Business Support Lead, Patrick McChrystal, said: “We are delighted to welcome Charlie and Tom to the Atlas team, both are enthusiastic and energetic candidates and we couldn’t be happier for them to join us.

“Our apprenticeship scheme will provide them with the skills set and on the job training that is re-quired to pursue a career with an acute healthcare setting”.

The apprenticeship scheme will be delivered as part of a three-year programme, with one day being spent at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Bispham campus. The rest of the time the apprentices will be developing on the job training at Blackpool NHS Teaching Hospitals.

Claire Jameson, Director of Business Development at B&FC for Business, the commercial arm of Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “We are delighted for Charlie and Tom that they have been chosen for these high quality apprenticeships with Atlas, which will lead to rewarding and sustainable careers.

“At B&FC for Business, we strongly believe that apprenticeships can offer the best of both worlds for employers and the candidate and hope the apprentices fit in well in their new roles.

“Charlie and Tom went through a rigorous recruitment process which saw them chosen for these highly-sought after positions. We are excited to be working with Atlas to help address their skills requirements and look forward to an ongoing successful relationship.

The new programme is funded from the UK’s apprenticeship levy, a pot of money that companies and public sector bodies with payrolls greater than £3m have set aside for government-approved workplace training schemes.

Picture: Phil Davies, head of estates, explains machinery to new apprentices