September 20, 2019 / Press Release

Ensinger - Apprenticeship Awards Cymru Finalists

Ensinger UK have been chosen as finalists for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

We are pleased to announce that Ensinger UK have been chosen as finalists for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru in the Medium Employer category.

An apprenticeship school and a full-time apprentice trainer are just two of the steps we have undertaken to maintain a high-quality workforce. This, supported by a £150,000 investment in manual lathes and milling machines, CNC milling and turning machines and simulators, ensures  delivery of enhanced the practical training to the current batch of eight apprentices.

Now the investment in apprentices has been recognised as we have been shortlisted for the Medium Employer of the Year Award at next month’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, the annual celebration of outstanding achievement in training and apprenticeships.

Thirty-four finalists in a dozen categories are in the running for the prestigious awards, which will be presented at a high-profile ceremony at the new International Convention Centre Wales, Newport on October 24.

The awards showcase the successes of the best learners, employers, tutors and assessors in Wales who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes.

Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru has Openreach, the UK’s digital network business, as its premier sponsor this year.

Our apprentices work hard towards attaining their NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations, NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or BTEC Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering. They all receive a uniform, a personal toolbox and undergo regular monitoring, as well as quarterly reviews and external assessments. The four-year apprenticeships are supported by a day-release at Coleg y Cymoedd, Bridgend College, Newport and District Training Association and Training Services Wales. 

To promote our apprenticeship programme we reach out to schools and colleges, attend job fairs and offer work placements and experience to budding engineers. Furthermore, we work hard through our promotional material to ensure that disability, ethnicity and gender are no barrier to entering our apprenticeship programme.

Gary Davies, Director, said: “Apprentices bring energy, enthusiasm and innovation to our company. The programme allows us to tailor training to the exact standard and ability that is needed in our workforce and industry.”

Minister for the Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, congratulated Ensinger and all the other shortlisted finalists.

“Our Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes are helping increasing numbers of people to gain the skills and experience that we know businesses across all sectors of the economy in Wales really need,” he said.

“The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate and showcase the achievements of everyone involved in those programmes from our star apprentices and employers, to learning providers and trainees.”

Over the last 20 years we have worked hard to develop and perfect our apprentice scheme, and are extremely thankful for the recognition we have received. By taking control of our training we hope to bridge the engineering talent gap, increase staff retention and increase knowledge-exchange which is vital to UK innovation.

Press Contact and Additional Information

Elin Jones 

Ensinger Group
Senior Marketing Executive
Phone 01443 678 400

About Ensinger

The Ensinger group is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of compounds, semi-finished materials, profiles and technical parts made of engineering and high performance plastics through extrusion, machining and injection moulding. With a total of 2,400 employees at 33 locations, the family-owned enterprise is represented worldwide in all major industrial regions with manufacturing facilities or sales offices.

Ensinger’s Apprentice Trainer Gino Abramo with apprentices Jakub Stadnik, Sam Wiltshire and Jake Matthews.
Ensinger’s Apprentice Trainer Gino Abramo with apprentices Jakub Stadnik, Sam Wiltshire and Jake Matthews.