Engineering business Spencer Group has taken on the largest injection of young talent in its 30-year history.
The Hull-based company has hired 14 apprentices – all of them from the city’s employer-led school, Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC).
The new recruits are all aged 18 and are from the first group of students to leave Ron Dearing UTC since the school was founded two years ago to create a new pipeline of talented young people with advanced digital and engineering skills for local businesses and to support the growth of the region’s economy.
Spencer Group is one of Ron Dearing UTC’s Founding Partners and Executive Chairman and founder Charlie Spencer OBE is the school’s Chair of Governors.
Nine of the recruits have begun Engineering Apprenticeships, while two are Apprentice Plant Fitters; one is an IT Support Apprentice; one a Web Development Apprentice; and another a Commercial Apprentice.
Based at Humber Quays on Hull Marina, Spencer Group is one of the UK’s leading privately-owned, multi-disciplinary engineering businesses.
Established in 1989 by Executive Chairman, Charlie Spencer OBE, Spencer Group specialises in large engineering projects ranging from the design and build of green power stations, working across the UK rail network and building and maintaining complex suspension bridges.
Spencer Group has a directly-employed workforce of 250, with teams working on infrastructure projects across the UK, and the recruitment of so many new trainees is a demonstration of the company’s long-standing commitment to develop its own talent.
Mr Spencer said it was also a huge vote of confidence in Ron Dearing UTC and the school’s employer-driven education model under which the curriculum is developed with the business partners and students work on real-life challenges set by employer sponsors.
Mr Spencer said: “We’re passionate in our support for Ron Dearing UTC and how the school brings the worlds of education and business together to develop work-ready young people with the skills, qualifications and confidence to succeed in the workplace. “We’ve worked very closely with the school over the past two years and got to know all the students, including those who have now joined us, really well. We’ve been able to see them grow and develop. “That means we’re very confident all our new apprentices have the talent to thrive with us and also that they’re a really good fit with the culture of the business. We’re excited about the contribution they will make.”