“We need to look to the future. Apprentices are the future.”
For Duncan Stamp of Northampton-based Cosworth, the future of the company is clear, with apprentices holding the key to the ground-breaking technological advances so crucial to automotive success.
The machinist, who doubles as an apprentice trainer, said: “We want to expand and we've been through quite a tough period through the recession. We know now that we've got a future and we want the apprentices to be that future.
“We have a large gap in our workforce and we need to fill that gap, we need people to take the company forward into the future. We thought apprenticeships were the correct way of doing it, we want to train our own staff.
“Apprenticeships weren’t pushed for a very long time, everybody was told university, university, university which is a viable option but we now know that people need to go out and get apprenticeships and there's a different way of going into a career.”
Duncan has been training apprentices for the last 15 years and has been impressed by the standard of people that he gets through the college.
He said: “I got an email this morning from one of our apprentices who’s working with McLaren on their new car and McLaren have actually emailed to say how impressed they are with him and what he's doing.
“We’ve got apprentices in a number of different departments, engine build, quality, machining and production engineering and they work with the people in those departments who are passing on their skills. We should hopefully have a seamless roll all the way through into the future.
“I would recommend running an apprenticeship through Northampton College. My advice to other employers would be to just take on an apprentice, you’ll be surprised at how helpful and constructive they will be.”