Company helps 100 onto career ladder

Tharsus apprentices Daniel Roll, Liam Taylor, Callum Riches and Connor Little with Lisa Harwood from Arch.
Tharsus apprentices Daniel Roll, Liam Taylor, Callum Riches and Connor Little with Lisa Harwood from Arch.

An award-winning engineering business has created five apprenticeships, helping an organisation achieve its target of helping 100 young people.

Tharsus has used funding from Arch to create seven jobs in engineering, and technical skills, but this also assisted them to develop their own training academy.

To date Tharsus has recruited five recruits, who have joined a team of ten existing apprentices.

They are 19-year old Emma Whitmell and Connor Little, 18, Liam Taylor, 18, Callum Riches, 18, and 17-year-old Daniel Roll, who have benefited from the new Tharsus Academy where they spend time at the start of their training programme.

They are learning about health and safety, basic electrical and mechanical skills and the tools they will be using in their respective roles.

Brian Palmer, Tharsus chief executive officer, said: “We are looking to expand into new market places and needed to have more support at apprenticeship level so the Arch funding has been perfect.

“Through its help we have been able to create our academy which allows us the flexibility and freedom to train our young employees in our company ethos and also employ them straight after they leave school, rather than wait until September.”

Coun Dave Ledger, Arch chairman and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The growth of Tharsus in recent years has been nothing short of phenomenal.

“We are delighted this cutting-edge Northumberland business has helped us hit our 100th apprentice target and created such a highly skilled training programme for these five young people as a result.”

Year on year the company has grown by around 20 per cent in both business and employee terms.

In the last two years Tharsus has been named Cranfield Best SME Factory, Manufacturer of the Year by The Manufacturer magazine.