11 Dec Steely Commitment to the Future
Goodwin Steel Castings was shortlisted in the ‘Company Achievement’ award in the recent Best of British Casting Industry Awards. The company has invested significantly in the training and development of future employees through a major, group-wide, apprentice programme. 25 young people have been taken on each year across the Group’s UK sites over the last five years. Particularly impressive for the judges was the fact that the companies own employees have been integral to the programme, developing bespoke training materials, passing on skills and expertise and mentoring the apprentices.
As Steven Birks, Managing Director of Goodwin Steel Castings Ltd, made clear, “We recognised that in order to remain at the forefront of the industry, meeting customer needs, we needed excellent technical skills in some specialist areas – and were unlikely to be able to access these from the traditional sources – so we set about developing our own programmes. We are now starting to reap the benefits and many of our young employees have gone onto take higher level programmes including HNCs, technical short courses and degree programmes.” But those involved in delivering the training have also gained from the experience. “It has been a real team effort and everyone in the company can have no doubt about our ambitions to grow as evidenced by the significant investment in equipment and technology as well as our training facilities which include a fully equipped lecture theatre.”
The picture shows Steven Birks, who himself started as a Goodwin apprentice 50 years ago, accepting the Highly Commended Certificate in the Company Achievement Category from CMF CEO Pam Murrell, flanked by some of the current foundry apprentices, employed in estimating, graphic design, IT, mechanical testing, pattern making, quality control, radiography, dimensional inspection and CNC machining, together with some of the apprentice school staff, Natalie Jellyman and Robin Barnes.