SME Investment in Skills 2018
Metalcraft honoured for investing in skills
A project to tackle a potential shortage of workers in the UK's nuclear industry was named Britain's best for skills investment at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards last night (Thursday March 1).
Metalcraft beat off strong competition to win the SME Investment in Skills award, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, at the Semta Skills Awards 2018 gala dinner in London hosted by BBC presenter Steph McGovern.
Metalcraft based in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, has been in existence for over 150 years and has been a key supplier to the nuclear industry for more than 35 years.
In 2008 management identified that more than 35% of employees would retire in the next 10 years, so it developed a five-year apprenticeship programme to attract and retain local talent.
Last year Metalcraft, which employs 150 people, extended its training academy and now aims to recruit up to 10 apprentices every year until at least 2020.
Managing Director Austin Adams said: "This award gives us the opportunity to showcase to other SMEs just what can be achieved by training and developing people across the business. We have a very comprehensive programme of training for all of our people."
Metalcraft is one of only 10 UK businesses in the nuclear sector who have completed the Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth programme which has supported over 6,000 hours of training, support and development for employees. The company has completed more than 2,000 hours of health and safety training during the last three years and recently celebrated more than 500 days of continuous operation without a lost time accident.
Metalcraft also supports local schools with bridge building days to encourage more young people to consider a caree in engineering.
Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not-for-profit organisation tasked with skilling engineering and manufacturing in the UK said: "Metalcraft is a very deserving winner of the Semta Skills Awards. It has having a real impact attracting, recruiting and retaining talent in the UK's vital nuclear industry.
"In this, the Year of Engineering, it is more important than ever to showcase investment in the sector and celebrate success.
"If we are to achieve the 800,000 extra engineers we need over the next few years, it is vital we have more companies following Metalcraft's lead to keep the skills talent pipeline flowing."
The SME Investment in Skills runners up were: Superior Seals and Lander Automotive Ltd.
Watch Metalcraft as they won their award at the 2018 Semta Skills Awards:
Watch Metalcraft's finalist video to find out more about them: