Pelican Engineering is training 20 apprentices within its 160-strong Castleford workforce, as it looks to nurture talent in the transport sector.
The Yorkshire-based family business has recruited six apprentices in 2021 and plans to recruit a further six young people next year.
Working with vehicle manufacturers DAF and MAN, the company supports apprentices through a structured three-year training scheme which comprises on-the-job training working with a time-served technician as well as two-week blocks of ‘classroom’ learning.
“We started our training scheme almost 20 years ago, recognising that, with the shortage of skilled labour in the sector, we needed to be proactive and develop people with the skills we required to secure the future of the business,” said MD Pelican Engineering.
“The initiative has proved extremely successful, not only equipping a whole generation of HGV technicians with the skills needed to pursue a rewarding career, but also bringing vital new talent into the industry.”
Paul Bugg, group services manager at Pelican, adds: “Working with some of the world’s leading commercial vehicle suppliers, we have been able to develop a first-class training programme, including some apprentices being trained on electric commercial vehicles.
“We have also adapted to offer apprenticeships within our zero emission passenger vehicles division having this year appointed our first apprentice to train on our state-of-the-art Yutong electric buses.
“It’s great to see so many young people with enthusiasm and potential coming into the business and also choosing to make a career with us – around 70% of our apprentice technicians go on to secure permanent positions with Pelican.”