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Ibstock Brick shortlisted for apprenticeship award

Paula Wardle

Company named as finalist in Most Inspiring Apprenticeship Programme category of The Inspire Awards

IBSTOCK Brick have been named as a finalist in the Most Inspiring Apprenticeship Programme category of The Inspire Awards, which celebrate diversity and inclusion in the construction, engineering and housing sectors in the UK.

The company offers two engineering apprenticeship programmes, both four years in duration: Advanced Mechanical Engineering and Advanced Electrical Engineering.

There are currently 35 apprentices within the business, ranging from 16 to 25 years old, including two female engineering apprentices. One of these is Courtnay Scarlett, a dual engineering apprentice.

She said: ‘I wanted to do something where I could use my practical skills rather than just learning about the theory behind it. An engineering apprenticeship allows me to do exactly that.

‘Women are still a minority in engineering, and this is why I love working in an engineering team and showing other people that women can also be successful in a male-dominated field.’

Paula Wardle (pictured), group learning and development manager at Ibstock plc, commented: ‘We are delighted that Ibstock Brick have been shortlisted for the Most Inspiring Apprenticeship Programme. It recognizes the investment we have made in developing a comprehensive programme focused on delivering world-class engineering skills and knowledge.

‘As a building products manufacturer, our apprentice population currently reflects the traditional nature of the industry, yet we are working hard to encourage a more diverse range of apprenticeship applications and are proud of the steps we are taking.

‘Our apprenticeship scheme has gone from strength to strength and will ensure that we create a pool of engineering and technical specialists who will help drive forward innovation and manufacturing excellence. It is only by nurturing our future talent that we will have people with the technical expertise and skills to manufacture our products for years to come.’

The winners of The Inspire Awards will be announced on 5 June at The Hilton, Deansgate in Manchester.

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