PEME operates a highly successful engineering apprenticeship scheme which brings fresh talent into our business and ensures we have a sustainable work force to service our Asset Care partnership contracts in the future.
The apprenticeship interview process is a 4-stage process and includes:
- Two face-to-face interviews; attitude and character is explored at this stage
- Literacy assessment; there is more to engineering than manual dexterity and ‘hammer selection’. Candidates must have a level-of-literacy that will allow them to become capable of understanding and producing complex written instructions
- Numeracy assessment; engineering involves ‘making maths work’ and a basic competency must be present
- Dexterity assessment; This involves the candidate building a model under observation and allows us to assess a candidates organisation skills and how they work through a process and follow instructions
Individuals are provided with mentors and on-site coaches to guide and train them through their apprenticeship. The mentor and a member of the PEME Human Resources (HR) team conduct 12-weekly reviews with apprentices together with college reviews. There is no ‘hiding-place’; we want to make sure the learning-opportunities (both vocational and academic) are maximised and the apprentices adopt our enthusiasm for principles such as safety and productivity Continuous Improvement.
There are excellent progression opportunities within PEME, once apprenticeships are successfully completed; many of our specialist engineers such as Engineering Compliance and Reliability Improvement , team leaders and Operation Managers started on a PEME Apprenticeship Scheme.
Our latest batch of new-starters includes four Plant Maintenance apprentices who had their picture taken during a break in the company induction at PEME Head Office in Peterborough:
- James Chapelle, working in Stowmarket
- Sam Jones, working in East London
- Kamran Barekat, working in Melton Mowbray
- Christopher Hogan, working in Burton Latimer
PEME HR Operations Manager, Melissa Fenwick, warmly welcomed all four to PEME and wished them all the best with their studies and PEME careers.