22nd Mar 2023
Rowan invest in future engineers
There has been a lot of discussion in the trade press and in networking discussions about succession, and the future of engineers in the UK, with shortages of skilled personnel, particularly since the start of the Covid pandemic, and the loss of skilled staff as a result of Brexit, identified as key issues.
In order for our company to grow, we have identified the need to look to the future and take on an additional apprentice CNC engineer to bolster the team at Rowan.
Our new team member, Ricardo, recently joined and is being trained by our experienced engineers to learn the skills required to set and operate our wide range of fixed and sliding head machinery. Our existing apprentice Lewis is in his second year with the company and is progressing very well, and now assists with all of our machines, including the twin spindle, twin turret Miyano BNE-51 pictured.
Key to any training is the support of external training bodies, and we work with both Birmingham Metropolitan College and Aston University to ensure that our apprentices are familiar with the latest methods, tooling and machinery. This means that our apprentices bring fresh ideas and principles into the team.
Being connected with these leading learning bodies, as well as the member organisations such as Made in the Midlands and MAKE (UK) helps the existing team, as we have training opportunities to develop and learn new skills, opportunities to visit other manufacturers, and knowledge hubs to learn from.
As Rowan are now moving into new markets, and are implementing the medical standard ISO13485, we see developing our skills as key to the future of the business, and look forward to seeing our apprentices become fully fledged engineers.
The role of skilled engineers is critical as machinery and components become more complex as we expand our customer base into the medical and defence sectors, having the right people is critical.