Chain Solutions Blog

Why apprentices are so important to FB Chain

Written by Martin Green on 25 Nov 2015

FB Chain employed its first apprentice in over 25 years in 2012. The initial aim was to take on one new apprentice every year, over the following three years. With a shortage of skilled technicians, FB considered it was the only way that it could ensure that it had the skilled workforce that was required.

Peter Church, managing director at FB Chain said: “Like many other manufacturing companies we have found that there is a real dearth of skilled workers in our industry. In an attempt to bridge that gap, rather than simply complain, we decided that we would do something about it and train the skilled workers we required ourselves.

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New apprentice joins FB Chain

Written by Peter Church on 08 Jul 2015

This month FB Chain welcomes another new face to its growing team of engineers. Elliott Hill, age 21 from Langford, Bedfordshire, recently completed a BTEC Level 3 engineering apprenticeship and was looking to move on to a higher level (HNC) apprenticeship. Elliott will now work in FB Chain’s production shop while studying at Oaklands College in Welwyn from September. In his spare time Elliot is a keen model maker and has a lathe of his own in his garage at home.

“I was keen to continue my education and develop my skills, and the chance to get to work with some of the new kit FB Chain has invested in was too good to miss,” said Elliott.

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New welder training schemes to help bridge 38,000 shortfall in UK welders

Written by Darran Green on 07 Apr 2013

According to the Office of National Statistics, over the last five years, almost a quarter of all registered and certified welders in the UK have left the industry, representing a decline of 18,000 welders. There are now only 58,000 welders left in the UK.

To educate and train a new generation of UK-based welders, the Weldability-Sif Foundation has entered into partnership with EAL and The Welding Institute (TWI) to install specialist welder training facilities. The partnership has so far helped 15 colleges to install such facilities, each with seven distinct and new EAL qualifications.

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New apprentice for FB Chain

Written by Martin Green on 26 Nov 2012

Earlier this year, we launched a new apprenticeship programme to great success and have recently engaged our second technical apprentice. The new recruit, Daniel Woodgate of Hitchin (above, left), will join his brother James who started with us in March, on a basic engineering course at Bedford College.

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Semta welcomes removal of barriers to encourage recruitment of apprentices

Written by Peter Church on 03 Sep 2012

New measures to make it easier for small businesses to recruit apprentices and drive improved standards of training have been welcomed by Semta.

The Government has said it will seek to increase awareness among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of the benefits of apprenticeships, and make support for small businesses taking on apprentices simpler and more accessible, thanks to a report from jeweller and social entrepreneur Jason Holt.

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'Apprenticeship standards must be upheld', says EAL

Written by Darran Green on 30 Apr 2012

EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications, has pledged its support to improve the quality of apprenticeships after a recent survey showed that over half of employers are equally as worried about damage to their reputation as qualifications.

28.8% of those who took part in the survey were concerned about the negative impact on the Apprenticeships brand, with a further 28.6% saying that the damage has already been done. Since the abolition of Train to Gain, questions have been raised about whether some ‘apprenticeships’ really live up to expectations or whether they are simply a way of earning some quick cash

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BITA and FLTA reaffirm value of forklift apprenticeships

Written by Peter Church on 05 Apr 2012

Following the shocking revelations of the 'The Great Apprentice Scandal' shown on the BBC on the 2nd of April 2012, the British Industrial Truck Assocation (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Assocation (FLTA) have reaffirmed the value of apprenticeships in the materials handling sector.

The BBC Panorama programme uncovered evidence of private training providers offering apprenticeships involving little or no work experience and inadequate training. Such an approach short-changes both the government, which provides funding, and crucially the young people who signed up to the apprenticeships.

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FB Chain takes on first apprentice

Written by Peter Church on 09 Mar 2012

Leading industrial chain manufacturer and supplier FB Chain Ltd. has pledged its commitment to an apprenticeship scheme and engaged its first ever technical apprentice.

“With a shortage of skilled technicians and youth unemployment at a record high, apprenticeships are more important than ever,” says Peter Church, Managing Director of FB Chain.

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Survey shows apprenticeships good for career

Written by Peter Church on 17 Feb 2012

A survey of British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) members shows 45% of senior managers in UK forklift companies started their careers as engineering apprentices. Conducted in late January and early February to support National Apprenticeship Week, the survey was based on a poll of the 25 companies making up BITA’s Truck Suppliers Group (TSG).

BITA president and UK director of Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK Tim Waples, whose career started with an apprenticeship, says a proper apprenticeship is not merely a training course but a true career path leading right to the top.

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