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Celebrating our partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education

We have a long-established commitment to supporting and training our employees and developing the skills and job opportunities of those within our community.

This is why we set up our training academy in 1995 to provide opportunities for home-grown talent to compete on a world stage.

After signing a partnership agreement with Hartlepool College of Further Education (HCFE) we are pleased to have taken on our 25th apprentice – Liam Burns and have recently taken on three more apprentices.

Liam is our first multi-skilled apprentice, in past years we’ve also recruited for the positions of apprentice mechanical fitter, pipe fitter and welder.

When it comes to growing our team and taking on apprentices, we look for those who have a genuine interest in engineering, those who can demonstrate commitment to developing their skills and those who have a great attitude towards work and personal development.

Demonstrating our commitment to apprentices and the partnership

Chris Mosley, Manufacturing Manager and Ian Bannister, Engineering Manager spent time with second-year full-time School of Engineering students.

Chris and Ian provided an introduction and an overview of the company and the opportunities we have available to train apprentices.

Former student at HCFE, Ian Bannister commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hartlepool College of FE to provide insight, training and opportunities to students. The college has first-class facilities and has worked hard to meet our business needs. 

“It’s also great to see some of my former lecturers, from when I was a student 20 years ago, and to be able to work with them and the wider team.

“Through this partnership, we look forward to giving more young engineering students the opportunity to forge a career in the sector.”

Michael Casey, Head of Operations at HCFE, added: “We welcome the partnership with IMH and are delighted to work with an organisation that not only values apprenticeships but includes them in future plans.

“It’s always advantageous when employers come in to speak with students as it generates engagement and buy-in to the programme. It’s also great to see Ian involved with the College again, he was a student of mine and has not lost any of his enthusiasm for engineering and training.

“We look forward to working together to develop the careers of more engineers in the coming years.”

You can learn more about our apprenticeship scheme here and our employability here.

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