Chatteris firm celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Metalcraft at Chatteris - the 2015 apprentice intake

Metalcraft at Chatteris - the 2015 apprentice intake - Credit: Archant

An apprentice engineer from Chatteris is following in his father’s footsteps thanks to Metalcraft’s apprenticeship programme.

Bradley Mead, 17, was one of 10 first-year apprentices to join the firm last September and is working towards completing a four-year apprenticeship.

His father Graham has worked as a CNC machinist at the Chatteris-based manufacturer since 1998, after starting his own career with an apprenticeship in the 1980s.

This week marks National Apprenticeship Week and Bradley is one of the most recent success stories in a 100-year history of apprentices at the firm.

More than 40 per cent of the workforce completed some form of apprenticeship with the company, which has taken on 28 young people since opening the purpose-built Fenland Engineering Skills Centre (FESC) on-site in 2010.

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Neil Kirby, apprentice training manager, said: “We have invested heavily in our programme to help support young engineers, particularly with the development of the FESC, which serves as a training school not just for our own apprentices but for the wider community too.

“With the centre going from strength to strength, we now have the facilities and the structure to take on ten apprentices every year going forward. That is a fantastic intake for a company our size.”

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Bradley hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a CNC machinist after completing the four-year programme.

The Metalcraft programme includes a two-year NVQ qualification and a further two-year advanced apprenticeship.

Bradley said: “I knew an apprenticeship would give me an income on top of learning and my dad told me from his own experience how it would teach me the right way of doing things. I enjoy the machining side of the job and I’m hoping to follow my dad into machining at Metalcraft.”

For more information on the apprenticeship programme visit or call 01354 692 91.

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