Clifton Engineering secures RGF/Arch funding for four additional apprentices
RGF Funding helps secure additional apprentices

Posted: 21.07.14 in Latest News category

Clifton Engineering secures RGF/Arch funding for four additional apprentices

Clifton Engineering has been awarded RGF funding, delivered through Arch Northumberland, to take on an additional four apprentices during 2014 & 2015:

Morpeth based Clifton Engineering has manufactured its own success story with a growing band of highly qualified apprentices and more young people about to join its team.

The family-owned business based on Coopies Lane Industrial Estate has created four apprentice engineering posts with funding from Arch, The Northumberland Development Company's Business Growth Programme. Two apprentices, Aaron Carey (18) from Seghill and Tom Davison (19) from Craster have started their new jobs and two more, Nathan Hall (20) who lives in Morpeth and Brad Robson (16) from Ashington, will start in September.

Managing director, Andrew Pearson said: "Without the Arch funding we wouldn't have taken on four people. The funding is the first support we have applied for and it is such a benefit. We train our apprentices to the very highest level with the aim of them working for us for the long term. We still have members of staff with us who joined the business when we were set up over 20 years ago. This continuity is what gives us our exceptional quality standards, the real secret of our success."

Peter McIntyre, Arch Group Managing Director said: "Clifton Engineering is a first class business which provides young people in Northumberland with a great opportunity to learn about engineering in a practical way. Our funding has helped the business attract the next generation of engineers and provided them with the capacity to expand which in turn supports the county's economy."

Clifton Engineering specialises in precision machined components for a wide range of sectors including power generation, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, motorsport and food and beverage with a number of blue chip, international companies on its prestigious client list.

The business currently employs 35 people but Andrew Pearson found there was a skill shortage and started to recruit young people to transfer the traditional trades he needed such as milling and turning from his more experienced members of staff, while also ensuring his apprentices learnt about advanced CNC technology.

Andrew Pearson is so passionate about developing engineering skills he has worked with King Edward VI School, Morpeth to encourage students to apply to his company. Through this work and his company's commitment to training, it won the Apprentice Ambassador Award at the Northumberland Business Awards last year.

Both of his new apprentices are delighted to be working for Clifton, Aaron said: "I am really enjoying my work and the fact it is so hands-on. I learnt new skills from day one and find engineering a great career path." Tom agrees, "I have been made to feel really welcome by the other engineers who have taken me under their wing. There is also a good variety of work as we are always making different products, giving me a chance to enhance my skills as well."

Clifton Engineering has a full order book including exporting to USA, Canada and Germany, but continues to look for new opportunities in particular in the oil and gas, medical, aerospace and nuclear industries. Its business model is unusual for engineering companies as it doesn't only manufacture metal parts but also moulds polyurethane, with 1,000s of components in both materials, produced every month.

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