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Axiom awarded for its commitment to developing technology career paths

10 November 2016

Insider Ed Awards 2016

Axiom Manufacturing Services has been celebrated for its work with a local college to provide and inspire Welsh students to pursue, career paths in high-tech electronics manufacturing.

The collaboration between Axiom and Coleg y Cymoedd to create a bespoke apprenticeship scheme has claimed the Development Partnership of the Year at the Insider Business and Education Partnerships Awards 2016.

Now in their third year, the awards celebrated the ways in which companies, universities and colleges work together. The competition for the Development Partnership category saw Axiom and Coleg y Cymoedd fend off strong entries from, Deloitte and Cardiff and Vale College, Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Coleg Gwent, and, Skills Academy Wales and the NPTC Group of Colleges.

Launched in 2011, the partnership seeks to address the UK wide industry skills gap at a local level and kick start careers in technology manufacturing in Wales by encouraging new generations of Welsh talent to see manufacturing as a desirable career path.

The collaboration has resulted in a tailored programme that delivers a focused approach to apprenticeship training and the development of a sustainable workforce, by addressing current skill bases and identifying areas for further upskilling. In turn, the relationship allows Coleg y Cymoedd to ensure all training delivered at the college is directly applicable to the skills Axiom, and the industry at large, require from those entering the sector.

During their three to four-year apprenticeships, apprentices spend their first 12 months at Axiom rotating around every department in the business. Providing a thorough understanding of the UK electronics industry in addition to their college studies. While developing this valuable real world experience, apprentices also attend Coleg y Cymoedd to study for qualifications that are specifically matched to their desired careers in electronic engineering.

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Commenting on the awards success Axiom’s managing director, David Davies, said: “Wales’ world class manufacturing industry provides exciting and diverse career opportunities for young people. Developing new talent is something we, as a company, are extremely passionate about. Our collaboration with Coleg y Cymoedd is very much about creating a long-term, skilled workforce for the company and engaging learners to recognise the career potential our industry offers.

“Recruiting people early in their career ensures their training fits our way of working and company ethos; it guarantees high-quality employees throughout our business. The college understands our need to recruit learners with the skill and the will to progress their development, and we’re committed to helping them engage all leaners to realise the potential that Welsh industry offers.”

To date, the scheme has recruited, trained, retained and supported ongoing development of eleven apprentices. However, each year the scheme has attracted an average 30 applicants per vacancy. As a result, Axiom has committed to taking on a minimum of two young people each academic year.

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