100 years on - and Stainless Metalcraft provide a unique insight into the emphasis and training of young apprentices

Names of the current apprentices taking part in the recreation are below:Back row L-R: Matthew Black

Names of the current apprentices taking part in the recreation are below:Back row L-R: Matthew Blackwood, Alex Barnes, Samuel Bunting, Harry Newman, Matthew BarnesStanding row L-R: Ryan Wilson, Tom Herbert, Daniel Riches, Shelby Green, Cameron Smith, Tom Whitby Nico RosellaSeated row L-R: Max Tovey, Nathan Vessey, Lewis Irving-Smith, James Simpson, Nicholas Ward, Cavan Quince, Jake Barber, Daniel LynchHolding sign L-R: Richard Bullock, Bradley Mead - Credit: Archant

Apprentices at Stainless Metalcraft are marking the centenary of the company’s apprenticeship scheme by recreating a photo from 100 years ago of their first apprentice intake.

Chatteris apprentices 1916

Chatteris apprentices 1916 - Credit: Archant

The original photo, which is held at Chatteris Museum, shows 22 apprentices at the Metalcraft site on August 23, 1916.

The company is still located at the same premises on Honeysome Road, Chatteris, and today’s photo not only marks the start of the centenary celebrations but also the largest apprenticeship intake at the firm in recent history, following a landmark £47million contract win for Sellafield’s decommissioning process.

Managing director Austen Adams said: “As a former apprentice myself, I can vouch for the fact that high-quality apprenticeships offer a fantastic route into engineering careers.

“In fact, over 50 per cent of our current employees trained at our Chatteris site.”


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Mr Adams said: “I’m incredibly proud to be leading a company that has such a strong track record supporting young people into employment and I hope those apprentices recreating the photo today will go on to have long and rewarding careers with the business.”

Metalcraft is home to the Fenland Engineering Skills Centre. All apprentices develop hands-on manufacturing skills alongside a range of commercial and operational skills they’ll need to build rewarding, long-term careers in the industry.

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