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Delphi creates more apprenticeships for Gloucestershire youngsters

By BHawes  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

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A county employer is providing the opportunity for young people to get on the career ladder in engineering.

Stonehouse-based Delphi Diesel Systems announced that another ten talented youngsters will get the chance to join its award-winning advanced engineering apprenticeship programme.

 Successful candidates will get hands on experience manufacturing high precision fuel injection systems that help leading engine manufacturers reduce vehicle emissions to a tiny fraction of just a few years ago.

Delphi's apprentice training officer Chris Tanner said: "Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular alternative to University degrees, offering strong employment prospects and the ability to earn while you learn in a very practical environment.

"We operate in a highly technical marketplace that requires outstanding engineering expertise across all levels, and our programme allows us to grow our own skills and develop promising talent into an integral part of our team."

Delphi is supporting our new campaign, The Age of the Apprentice, together with Gloucestershire College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Gloucestershire Engineering Training, Western Power Distribution and Speller Metcalfe. It highlights the opportunities available and culminates in SkillsFest 2014 at Gloucestershire College on March 7 to 8.

Delphi's Stonehouse plant is the company's global headquarters for heavy duty diesel business, and it manufactures some of the toughest injection systems on the market.

 Delphi's engineering teams continually develop new, cutting-edge manufacturing systems that allow build-precision levels that have never before been achieved in volume. The injectors are so intricate and precise that they have to be assembled in special clean rooms, as even the smallest particles of dust could block the tiny fuel passages.

 Delphi says that having grown the business steadily, the order books are full and all of the Stonehouse plant's products are exported to prestige customers around the world including Volvo, Daimler and DAF.

 Chris Tanner said that apprenticeships form a vital part of that growth.

"We have an extremely healthy culture of internal training, which means that our people will have opportunities to continually expand their skill-sets and potentially move into different roles within the company should they wish to.

 "We offer programmes for all ages and throughout an employee's career, meaning that our opportunities are as big as you would like to make them."

Prospective applicants, parents and school or college groups are invited to tour the facility and discuss opportunities at Delphi's annual open evening at the site on Brunel Way, Stonehouse on Wednesday February 5th 2014.

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