Join the Skills Revolution for your New Year’s Resolution

Petroc is encouraging North Devon businesses to “play your part in shaping the workforce of the future”:  By hosting a T Level student work placement, you could inspire and change the career path of a young learner in your local area, while benefitting from new skills within your business at no additional cost. What are … Read more

First new apprentices join shipyard

Harland & Wolff welcomed five new apprentices to its Appledore shipyard as part of its very first ‘Apprentice Induction Day’ in September 2021. The scheme will run in partnership with Petroc, with apprentices ranging from 16 to 38 years in age, with a mixture of genders. The day enabled the newest recruits to tour the … Read more

Shipyard to recruit apprentices in North Devon

Harland & Wolff, which is preparing to resume shipbuilding at its recently acquired Appledore Shipyard, is planning to launch an apprenticeship scheme in 2021 in North Devon and Belfast. It will offer apprenticeships across three distinct functions: trade, (welders, pipefitters, electricians, riggers, fabricators, etc); technical, (engineers, naval architecture); and business support (sales, administration). Highlights of … Read more

Get free digital skills at BBxpo with the Google Digital Garage

Google is bringing its Google Digital Garage to Bideford Business Expo (BBxpo) on 24 October 2019, offering North Devon businesses free advice and coaching on their digital skills to help them grow in their business, career or confidence. The Google Digital Garage is one of Google’s flagship investment programmes in the UK, where anyone can … Read more

NDMA North Devon Technology Awards for school and college students

Entries are now open for the North Devon Manufacturers Association’s North Devon Technology Awards – for students 13-19 years – which aim to encourage the manufacturers of the future. These awards enable school and college students to showcase their technology projects to win an industry award. There is also a £100 cash prize. Winners will … Read more

Teaching can offer satisfaction that older workers seek

4–8 March is National Careers Week in schools, a focus for careers support for young people leaving education, but it’s not only those starting their careers who need advice. Now Teach, which creates a route for people with decades of experience to become teachers, has worked with YouGov to produce a report examining career satisfaction in Britain. … Read more

North Devon manufacturers offer STEM undergraduate sponsorship leading to a job

Manufacturing is an important part of the North Devon economy and local businesses are struggling to recruit candidates for roles requiring higher level technical skills. National shortages in technical skills compound this problem for businesses in North Devon and Torridge, who see young talent leaving the region for Higher Education elsewhere, and not returning after … Read more

Manufacturer supports winning young enterprise school team

A North Devon young enterprise team supported by TDK Corporation has won Best Company Presentation award at the South West Enterprise final. TDK Corporation is supporting Ilfracombe Academy’s Young Enterprise team and, after attending two trade fairs in Exeter, the Academy’s ‘Wood on Waves’ team presented its ‘better our beaches’ vintage body boards at the regional Young … Read more

10 key facts about apprenticeships from EEF

As part of its activities during National Apprenticeship Week, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, provides 10 key facts about apprenticeships and their importance and value to the sector and the wider economy: 72% of manufacturers say raising awareness of apprenticeships will get more young people into engineering. 79% of manufacturers were committed to recruiting engineering apprentices … Read more

North Devon manufacturer supports F1 in Schools winner

Engineers from TDK-Lambda UK in Ilfracombe, North Devon supported a team of students from the town’s Ilfracombe Academy with its entry to the international STEM competition, F1 in Schools. This is part of an extensive programme that TDK-Lambda engineers are engaged in to help promote, encourage and support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to … Read more