This week is the annual Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, now in it’s sixth year. Using a huge social media push, under the hashtag #TEWeek18, the organisers aim to change perceptions of engineering among young people and educational institutions. The project also hopes to inspire the next generation of engineers by really shouting about and raising awareness of the difference they can make to UK industries and to our workplaces.
This is a topic very close to our hearts at Yorkshire Packaging, where we have seen first-hand the amazing contributions that come from getting young people involved in our engineering department.
In recent years, we have nurtured the next generation of engineers in packaging through the introduction of an apprenticeship programme. In 2015 we took on Jake Martin as an apprentice service engineer in order to inject some youthful thinking, ideas and knowledge, and to future-proof our engineering offering to our customers. Jake has gone from strength to strength during his time with us, servicing customers up and down the country, project-leading some huge installations and developing new software for our machinery, culminating in his win of the PPMA Apprentice of the Year award in 2017. A CEO at a major UK snacks brand was so impressed with his talent that he told us ‘Jake worked with us throughout a complex, time pressured installation. His commitment, practical application of his knowledge and his understanding of our objectives was symptomatic of someone much more experienced. A star in the making.’
As well as implementing an apprenticeship programme, we have actively pursued a policy of recruiting younger engineers at YPS. George Reed-Hill, 21 years, joined our team in 2017 and has become a key member of our engineering team. We find that his characteristically youthful qualities, such as enthusiasm, willingness to learn and his passion for his role, gains much praise from our customers.
So let’s forget about generations X and Y and forge the next ‘Generation YPS’ with tomorrow’s engineers!