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A recent article has suggested that the robot workplace revolution currently underway means that fewer human jobs will be available in Northamptonshire in the future as automation takes hold.
This apparent susceptibility to automation is because of the particular make-up of our economic sector which has a strong emphasis on logistics and manufacturing. Actually, our region is one of the best performing in the UK in terms of productivity, although some of this is led by particularly highly productive parts of the area.
I have always been academic. I have nine GCSEs from A-C and three A Levels from A-B. I was that kid who loved school, adored homework and always had her head stuck in a book.
My mum used to worry that I was too ‘book smart’, and didn’t have enough experience in the ‘real world’ – the world of work. And she was right.
We employed the first igus UK apprentice in the summer of 2016, after many hours of discussion regarding the Apprenticeship scheme and how (or if) an apprentice would fit into our company. Almost two years later, we now employ four apprentices and we are considering the recruitment of two more this year. They bring fresh new ideas into the workplace, represent igus well at various events, and are extremely up to date with social media and technology. They complete their roles in the workplace to a high standard and increase their knowledge with off the job training.
Having recently moved house I have purged a lot of waste but one thing I could not part with was my dissertation, ‘The transfer from one year to two-year Youth Training Schemes and the impact on UK training strategy’.
Such a snappy title and what a read!
With National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2018) just around the corner, we’ve been reflecting on what Apprenticeships mean to us at Siemens Rail. And the short answer is: a lot.