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Seal manufacturer investing in tomorrow’s engineers

22 May 2013

For expanding engineering companies, growing your workforce is a very difficult task as manufacturing seems to have skipped a generation with the majority of those entering work being attracted to the service sector.

Metallic seal and component specialist James Walker Moorflex is one UK company fighting to turn the tide however, through development of its apprenticeship programme. The company has taken on an average of 3 to 4 apprentices a year over recent years but through developing close ties with its regional engineering college, expects to increase those numbers going forward.

“Apprentices first come to us for the practical element of their NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, which involves the three key areas of CNC milling, turning and programming”, explains manufacturing manager Andrew Meredith.

“In the last 12 months numbers wanting to take this course have begun to exceed the resources available at the College, so we have accommodated additional students here. Our aim is now to further develop this link, allowing apprentices to study full-time with us for their NVQ qualification.

“This year we hope to extend our apprenticeship scheme to include the business process and administration side of our operation. The high specification components we manufacture go into critical applications within the oil and gas industry and the traceability of every step of the manufacturing process is essential, so we are also looking for the next generation of people to run the processes behind our business. The starting point for this will be a new apprentice scheme looking to attract people to study for NVQ Level 2 in Performing Manufacturing Operations.”

Product director Jerry Simms adds, “The majority of our team has between 10 and 20 years experience in the production techniques required for the specialised materials we use and precision products we manufacture. Although we have done well in being able to retain such a skilled workforce we now need to add to that team and an apprenticeship scheme is definitely the best way.”

Currently employing 93 people at its Bingley site, James Walker Moorflex manufactures precision metallic seals and components primarily for the oil and gas industry. As a part of the James Walker engineering group, the company’s products are sold and supported in over a 100 countries around the world including the key oil regions of North and South America, Europe and the Far East.

For further information, please contact Nigel Stansfield:

James Walker UK Ltd

James Walker Marcoms
Tel: 07595 202 928
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