20 Aug An Investment in the Future through the Tor Lodge & Applecross Trust

Over the last 12 months, the Tor Lodge & Applecross Trust has supported over 100 people in the casting and patternmaking industry with grants. This has included substantial contributions towards the direct costs of training courses, as well as grants towards the travel and accommodation costs associated with professional development.

Chairman of the Trustees John Parker said, “Over the last three years, the charity has distributed over £121k in grants and the range of applications considered has been really encouraging, from technical courses to attendance at conferences and exhibitions, for apprentices and early career professionals.
“We recognised that for those companies who are not based in the West Midlands, sending apprentices to the National Foundry Training Centre would entail additional costs for travel and accommodation, and we have been pleased to assist companies with these costs so that they are not disadvantaged. Supporting the future development of people in the industry is the primary aim of the charity.”

John Swift, Managing Director of Alucast Ltd agreed. “As a company, we took a strategic decision some years ago to proactively develop some of our younger employees, to enable them to become the future technicians, foundry engineers and management team that we need to take the company forward. This has entailed a mix of short courses, university-led leadership programmes, as well as visits to exhibitions and industry events. At the same time, we undertook to take on apprentices each year to ensure the future talent pipeline — many of them are now progressing on to higher education programmes. Whilst we were willing and able to invest in this training and development, we have been able to do more, with more people, and more quickly, thanks to the support from the Trust.”

One such recipient was Abigail Southall from the Cast Metals Federation who, along with 16 other young people from the industry, was able to travel to the recent GIFA show in Germany thanks to a grant from the Trust. “I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to be able to attend GIFA in Dusseldorf, getting to see first-hand the industry come together and the brilliant innovation and engineering on show”, said Abigail. “I gained so much knowledge and understanding from being able to see up-close a lot of the machines and techniques used within the Foundry industry,” she said, adding “it also allowed me the opportunity to meet and network with people from the industry that I probably would never have had a chance to meet within my normal work”.
For more information about the trust and grants available to support your company’s professional development please visit: http://www.torlodge.org.uk/

Angela Mason
Angela Mason