A group of students from Keighley College were given a factory tour on Tuesday 26th April of local manufacturer, Acorn Stairlifts with the purpose of showing them the world of manufacturing. The students who are studying a variety of subjects, such as fabrication welding, electronics, and mechanical engineering, were given the chance to see Acorn’s factory and its manufacturing processes.
Acorn already employs three apprentices in their customer service team and are looking for a new apprentice for its Steeton factory this summer. The candidate will be undertaking maintenance engineering projects, assisting Acorn to achieve production targets designed to meet the company’s increased worldwide demand.
The National Apprenticeship Service explains that 80% of businesses that provide apprenticeships have reported a substantial growth in employee retention. Moreover, more than half continue to stay on with the businesses and go on to attain management roles.
Keighley College’s Head of Business Engagement, Chris Stott said: “Keighley College is delighted to be working in partnership with Acorn Stairlifts to introduce bright young people to the world of modern engineering and manufacturing.
Visits such as this one are invaluable and offer the Engineering GCSE students who are coming through our Industrial Centre of Excellence (ICE) the opportunity to see how a highly successful modern manufacturing facility functions. We know from experience that this approach engages students, allows them to make informed career choices and often leads to them taking up an apprenticeship,” said Mr Stott.
Acorn’s Steeton Factory Manager Andrew Longthorne who provided the tour said: “Having started in the stairlift industry as an apprentice myself, I know that an apprenticeship can enable you to get into work, and earn a decent wage whilst learning the key skills and gaining the qualifications that employers like Acorn want. We look forward to employing our first apprentice in our factory very soon.”