As 6th – 12th February marks National Apprenticeship Week, we thought it was an opportune time to provide an update on Miller’s Apprentice Program and how we have recently bolstered the training and development programme that we provide.
We currently have 25 apprentices in the business across different specialities from welding and fabrication, fitting and machining, through to maintenance and finance and other business support functions. We work closely with local training provider TDR Training – based in Newcastle – to deliver our programme.
Over the last 12 months, we have implemented a number of new measures to ensure that all apprentices are trained to ‘Miller Standards’, which we believe is what sets us apart and is what Miller is known for in the industry being at the very forefront for quality, safety and innovation.
With ‘Skills for Life’ being the theme of National Apprenticeship Week, this is an area that Miller takes of great importance and, to encourage this, we allow all apprentices to work across all relevant departments in the business.
This helps them to build skills in different areas, develop their competencies and understand the needs and standards across the full business. Since this has been implemented, we have recognised a significant improvement, particularly in quality in the workshop once our apprentices have experienced time in this division, as they understand exactly what standards are required.
Investing into our apprentices and providing development opportunities is a key priority for Miller. And this is apparent, as 8 out of 10 team leaders in the workshop started their careers as an apprentice with Miller, demonstrating there are real opportunities for progression within the business.
Miller will be present – discussing our apprenticeships in full – at TDR’s next open day, which is due to be held on 24th February between 10:30am – 12:30pm. For more information, visit here.