16 August 2022
Birmingham Northfield MP Gary Sambrook visited the head office of engineering firm adi Group to learn about the success of its apprenticeship training programme.
He was welcomed by key members of the board at adi, including chief operating officer Paul Smith and group strategic account director James Sopwith, as well as a group of adi Group’s talented apprentices.
The MP was keen to see a representative example of a domestic engineering and manufacturing firm and discuss the state of engineering in the UK, the STEM skills gap, apprenticeships and graduate opportunities.
Mr Sambrook said: “It is clear that adi is leading the way in both developing the next generation of engineering talent and flying the flag for engineering in a wider context, showcasing the positive impact engineering has on the world and quite literally, engineering a better future.”
Paul Smith, adi Group’s chief operating officer, said: “It is excellent to have high-profile individuals such as Gary spend time with us and understand the nature and extent of the work we do.
“Championing the engineering industries and professions within the corridors of power can be such a force for good and help us all build a better future, today.”
The rest of the visit included a site tour, which allowed the guests to see the workshop spaces and design areas, as well as giving them the opportunity to meet some of adi’s apprentices and fully discuss the apprenticeship and training opportunities provided by the firm.
Closing the STEM skills gap is one of the adi Group’s priorities, actively encouraging young men and women to consider a career in engineering and onboarding a number of young apprentices through its apprenticeship schemes.
Paramount to that end is adi's pre-apprenticeship scheme, an EAL-accredited programme that allows young students to learn about the engineering profession, giving them the valuable opportunity to get a taste of the world of work.
The programme seeks to promote greater accessibility to the engineering profession to individuals who typically have limited opportunities to enter the field, as well as re-educate young people who may have misconceptions or doubts regarding commencing a career in the engineering field.