Apprenticeship program for a global company


A global research-based Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Company asked SKILLED to help them establish an effective set of apprenticeship programs to build the skill-sets of Apprentice Fitters and Electricians.

The Challenge

Our client identified a number of issues with its current apprenticeship program, including the limited exposure to lathes and milling machinery provided to apprentices.

Apprentices also had limited contact with the apprenticeship service provider and were not provided with ongoing support, such as performance appraisals.

The Solution

SKILLED commenced discussions with the client’s engineering management team and established an understanding of the problems associated with the previous apprenticeship program. SKILLED offered to provide a revised solution that would address these key concerns. 

SKILLED established an ongoing exchange program between this client and another SKILLED Contract Maintenance customer. This exchange program involved third year Apprentice Fitters at one client swapping places with first year Apprentice Fitters at the other for a period of three months.

Over the three month period, our client’s apprentice fitter was provided with an intensive period of workplace training on lathes and milling machinery, while the ‘swapping’ apprentice gained valuable experience using the systems at a pharmaceutical plant.

SKILLED ensures that a dedicated Apprenticeship Co-ordinator maintains regular contact with apprentices. This includes conducting quarterly performance appraisals which help an apprentice renew their focus and also provide them with an opportunity to address any concerns.

The Results

Our innovative approach to apprenticeship training and development benefited our client by achieving vastly improved lathe and milling skills. This meant our client’s apprentices could pass the relevant training competencies as part of their overall studies.

Our client also benefitted by employing a third year apprentice as a permanent employee at the completion of his apprenticeship.

The SKILLED apprenticeship team enjoys a close working relationship with our client at multiple sites and are currently in discussions about offering apprenticeships at an additional site.

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