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Kenrick tackles ongoing skills gap

by George Lewis

West Bromwich-based hardware supplier Kenrick is doing its bit to address the continuing skills shortage by supporting the training and development of three youngsters, with one recently celebrating completing the first year of his apprenticeship with the company.

Alex Chester combines theoretical learning for his Level 3 Engineering Technician Mechatronics Pathway course with practical training at Kenrick.

Working closely alongside Kenrick’s Maintenance Manager Barry Faulkner, the 25-year-old is hoping to become a Maintenance Engineer when he completes his three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship at the Lean Engineering and Manufacturing Academy (LEMA) in Dudley.

Andy White, Operations Manager at Kenrick, said: “The skills shortage is still a pressing industry issue, particularly in the current climate where many skilled European migrants have returned to their home countries during the pandemic.

“Like many businesses, Kenrick has a very experienced workforce, but we want to do what we can to encourage youngsters into an industry that can give them good long-term prospects.

“The best way to develop is to shadow and learn from someone who is highly skilled and willing to share their knowledge and this is exactly what Alex has been doing with us.

“We see great potential in Alex and we’re very pleased to help him establish a worthwhile career at Kenrick, learning those all-important engineering and maintenance skills.

“We’re proud to be bridging the gap in the skills shortage and attracting the next generation of people, like Alex, to enter the sector.”


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