Apprenticeships have proved to be an attractive means of meeting the recruitment challenges of high demand industries, offering an opportunity to 'earn and learn' whilst developing skills and experience in exciting fields such as such as Aeronautical Engineering.

The partnership between Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and defence and aerospace company Babcock International Group at RAF Valley has allowed the company to develop a highly skilled local workforce to meet the growing demands of the RAF's Fast Jet Training scheme.

In 2016 Babcock and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai launched the Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship scheme. Since then over 20 young people have completed their training and have been offered full-time positions with Babcock, another 22 are currently completing their apprenticeship training. In 2020 Babcock will select up to a further 12 apprentices to join the Aeronautical Apprenticeship Scheme, selecting from the region's best young talent.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Babcock have ambitious plans to develop the current aeronautical apprenticeship scheme beyond 2020, expanding elements of the training to meet the growing needs at RAF Valley through new and innovative approaches.

Richard Twinn, Hawk General Manager at Babcock, commented:

It is an exciting time for Babcock at RAF Valley, with a growing number of opportunities to join our team available. Working with our partners at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, we aim to significantly increase the number of apprentices at RAF Valley, to secure a talented aeronautical workforce offering opportunities on the island and beyond.

Dafydd Evans, Chief Executive of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, followed-up by saying:

We are immensely proud to provide this apprenticeship programme with Babcock and to be working closely with industry to develop programmes that deliver excellent training and employment in a regionally important sector.

In this new decade, the Grŵp is working even closer with the region's key employers and SMEs to provide tailored opportunities for apprentices to fill the region's skills and recruitment gaps. Offering the opportunity for businesses to fill their recruitment needs at all levels, including new Degree-level apprenticeships in Engineering and ICT with Bangor University.

This new appetite for work-based learning is borne out by figures that show in the academic year 2017-18 across Wales over 58,000 individuals completed an apprenticeship scheme compared to 48,900 in the previous year. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai alone worked with 1,285 businesses across the region and trained around 2700 apprentices in 2018-19. Many of these individuals have gone on to gain full-time employment as a result.

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Find out how your business can work with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to develop an apprenticeship programme that develops the right skills and the right people to ensure your business thrives.

Contact 08445 460 460, visit www.gllm.ac.uk or email busnes@gllm.ac.uk and ask about apprenticeships.