Doosan Babcock has trained over 500 apprentices in the past six years as part of its commitment to help address the growing engineering skills gap in Britain. In 2014, bucking industry-wide trends, the company was successful in attracting three times more female engineering apprentices than the national average – of the 94 apprentices hired, 9% were female, which compared to a 3% national average. To support skills development more broadly, the company has now appointed over 200 of its employees as STEM Ambassadors and continues to appoint more. These Ambassadors attend schools, universities and events throughout the UK to promote STEM education and careers to younger generations.
In Scotland, Doosan Babcock currently has 29 apprentices who are developing their skills at the Renfrew site across Design & Draft, Non-Destructive Testing, Metallurgy, Component Testing, Mechanical and Machining processes.
Today, Doosan Babcock will be holding an Open Day at its site in Renfrewshire for 40 students, parents and guardians. Students will attend from 11 schools around the area, be taken on a tour of the laboratory facilities and be given the chance to engage with managers, mentors and apprentices. They will also hear from Director – Service Technology, Jim Hannigan, and current apprentices who will expand on what the scheme has to offer – focused further education and the chance to work day-to-day with world class technical and engineering professionals.
Jim Hannigan, Director – Service Technology, said; “Apprenticeships are such an important channel to providing the engineering skills vital to the UK’s industrial and energy future. They play a crucial role in helping bridge the skills gap between education and employment, resulting in highly skilled young people ready to take on the opportunities the industry will provide.
“Open Days like the one being held in Renfrew today are designed to give young people the opportunity to ask all the questions they might have while gaining real-life insight into the variety of options available to them in the energy engineering sector. Through initiatives like this, we are sure we can encourage more and more young people, both boys and girls, to consider a career in engineering via the modern apprenticeship route.”