By Bev Hawes
One of the county's leading engineering companies is offering youngsters the chance of a new career in 2014.
Delphi Diesel Systems, one of the world's largest advanced-technology companies, has begun the search for the next generation of engineering apprentices.
And potential recruits have the chance to see what is involved in the four-year training scheme at an open day at the company's Stonehouse facility in February.
The successful applicants will work on some of Delphi's pioneering automotive diesel technologies.
Delphi is backing the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo campaign, The Age of The Apprentice, to help and encourage apprenticeships. It will highlight the opportunities available to our young people at a time when it has never been more important to help them on the career ladder.
It will all culminate in Gloucestershire SkillsFest 2014 at Gloucestershire College on March 7 to 8.
The campaign is also supported by Gloucestershire College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Gloucestershire Engineering Training, Western Power Distribution and Speller Metcalfe.
Chris Tanner, apprentice training officer at Delphi Diesel Systems said apprenticeships provided the chance to earn while you learn new skills.
"We firmly believe that we offer a long term career rather than just a job, specifically one where excellent performance will always be recognised and appreciated," he said.
"We hold an annual open day to let prospective apprentices and their families see just what we do here, and how the skills gained on our courses at Stonehouse can be the ideal launch pad for an aspiring engineer."
Delphi Diesel Systems, part of the multinational Delphi organisation, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of ultra-high precision fuel injection systems helping to cut vehicle emissions.
Last year the company held an inaugural apprentice awards ceremony as part of its commitment to recognising the value of the young people that it recruits. Fourth year apprentice Kenny Collins was awarded the David Friday Trophy as overall apprentice of the year. He was also the outstanding achiever in his year group. There were also successes for Alex Hall as First Year Apprentice of the Year, Tom Stephens – Second Year Apprentice of the Year – and Ryan Phillips, Third Year Apprentice of the Year.
"The evening was a resounding success, and was enjoyed by all," said Gary Miller, Delphi's training and development manager. "This event provides a fitting tribute to the importance we place on developing our own skills for the continued future success of our business, and we hope it will inspire other young people to seek a career in engineering.
"We are very excited for our overall winner Kenny, who since receiving the main award has now been rewarded with a place in the final four of the national Semta Skills Awards Apprentice of the Year category, with the winner being announced at a prestigious gala dinner in London next February."
Delphi will open its doors for the annual apprentice open day on Wednesday February 5. Prospective applicants for the 10 apprentice vacancies for 2014 will be welcome to tour the facility, meet training and development managers, and hear from current apprentices what they can expect to achieve.