Sharing in Growth 2019 Ikigai trophy winner Castle Precision Engineering has been recognised as Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow’s Employer of the Month.
Established in Glasgow in 1951, Castle Precision Engineering manufactures high precision critical gas turbine components for the aerospace industry as well as complex prismatic parts for the defence industry. Castle is committed to training the next generation of engineers – something that is reflected in the fact that over 50 per cent of its engineering workforce has been trained using its own in-house apprenticeship scheme. For its efforts, the company secured a Scottish Engineering Award for its commitment to work-place learning and apprenticeships.
Continuing the company’s success in Modern Apprenticeships, six young people started the four-year programme last year, and a further six will come on board in August 2019, including two from King’s Park Secondary School on the south side of Glasgow.
Castle is an approved S/NVQ assessment centre as well as offering the apprentices hands-on technical manufacturing training through the business’s existing team. Through the Sharing in Growth programme, which the company has been part of for four years, the apprentices also get training in Lean Manufacturing which helps the company with their competitive advantage.
They have recently won a prestigious contract with Rolls-Royce, which the apprentices across the business will have the opportunity to work on in due course.
Castle works closely with neighbouring schools to offer work placements and career talks to encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering.
Earlier this year, Castle recruited their first Foundation Apprentice, Cameron who was a student at Castlemilk High School. Cameron had previously undertaken work experience at Castle and showed real passion and aptitude during his time in the business. Therefore, working closely with Glasgow Kelvin College and Castlemilk High, the business secured him a placement to undertake his Foundation Apprenticeship and he will spend October to March within Castle.
The organisation is also expanding its Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) in 2019. The company already have an employee who is starting his third year of the GA and another employee hopefully starting in September. The company have been active in the development of the University of Strathclyde’s Graduate Apprenticeship through their Employer Forum.
Shona Darroch, HR Manager, at Castle Precision explained: “We are really proud of the fact that as a small business based in Castlemilk employing 124 people, we have apprentices across all the Apprentice Frameworks for 2019. We have really seen the value of the different frameworks on offer and it has been really rewarding to support these young people on the start of the journey into working life”.
Shona and the Castle STEM team work closely with DYW Glasgow, local schools, colleges and universities and this was recognized recently when Shona was awarded a Business Champion Award at Castlemilk High for all the work she and the team at Castle do supporting the local young people.