A leading north east electronic manufacturing service provider has taken on five new apprentices within the last few months as part of a programme to train and develop the next generation of staff.
The apprentices range from 16 to 24-years-old with two based in the business administration of Cramlington-based Opsol UK, and three studying electronic engineering and benefitting from the expertise of the established workforce in the factory.
Martin Ormston, manufacturing manager at Opsol UK, manages Keiran Casey, 16, and Curtis Williamson, 17, who are both studying electronic engineering NVQs, and spending three days a week at the factory. He also manages Ross Bennett, 24, who is working to achieve his HNC in electronics.
Brogan Taylor, 21, and Rachael Dunbar, 20 , are working towards their Level 3 NVQs in business admin and are overseen by materials manager, Jennifer Tait.
Martin said: “This is the first time we’ve taken on apprentices in this manner at Opsol UK, although we have been developing young people since start up.
It’s one of our objectives to develop a stream of new employees to continue to support our ongoing growth and our apprentice program makes a significant contribution towards that goal.
“We’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm and work ethic of all five young people.
“We have highly skilled staff on site and for them to be able to pass on their knowledge to the next generation is invaluable.
“The willingness to learn and the commitment to the business shown by all our apprentices has been incredible and we’re delighted with how quickly they are progressing.
“It is great to have them as part of the team here at Opsol UK.”