AJ Engineering celebrates apprentice history with #ScotAppWeek18
AJ Engineering is once again embracing Scottish Apprenticeship Week which celebrates the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.
The week takes place between March 5-9 and during the week a series of videos focusing on different aspects of the company’s apprenticeship schemes and managing director Alan James’ views on the subject will be released on the website and social media channels.
AJ Engineering and its sister company NEWCo currently employ 14 apprentices in total which include modern apprentices and the newly appointed graduate apprentice Laura Mair.
Eight of those currently working at the Forres-based firm, went through an apprenticeship with the company.
AJ Engineering will also feature in national newspaper The Sun with the focus on 26-year-old Bethany Bass and her role with the company as a fabricator-welder.
Alan James said he was delighted that the company were involved in such an important campaign: “Apprenticeships are not new to AJ Engineering – it is something that we have always done here, but their popularity did die out for a while and that is why we as a firm enjoy getting on board with these types of campaigns.
“Since I started the company in 1998 we have always successfully employed apprentices with an exceptionally high retention rate once they qualify. It’s important for us to show our support for Scottish Apprenticeship Week so we can illustrate to others why these schemes are so beneficial not just to the company but to the individual themselves who become the apprentices.”
Alan James started the company from scratch in 1998 after serving his time as an apprentice with William Reid Engineering Ltd of Forres – one of eth reason he is so keen to invest in apprentices.
Last September, AJ Engineering became one of the first in the north to take on an engineering Graduate Level Apprentice.
Laura Mair (20) joined the company working with its education partner, Heriot-Watt University.
Laura who apprenticeship is in Engineering, Design and Manufacturing will appear in a short film explaining what her apprenticeship has meant to her.
She will also take part in a Business Breakfast in association with DYW Moray. The event is being held to “Celebrate the Success of the Apprenticeship Family in Moray.”
The aim of the event is to showcase how the Apprenticeship Family is delivered in Moray, to celebrate the successes of apprentices, recognise the commitment for employers and to encourage other employers to take on an apprentice.
Laura, joined by mentor and project manager Andrew Morrison will take part in a panel interview.