MPs view workforce enrichment initiatives at SMC

Mark Lancaster MP meeting two of SMC’s current apprentices, Rhys Lloyd (2nd from left) and Jeffrey Sambadzai (right)

Both of the Members of Parliament for Milton Keynes – Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart – visited SMC Pneumatics in November to find out first-hand how the company is working to expand and enrich its UK workforce.

The company, which employs some 200 people at its manufacturing, logistics and administration facility in the west of Milton Keynes, manufactures components for use in factory compressed air automation systems and counts many global household brand names amongst its customers.

As a result of a recently-announced £1.7m capital investment the company is recruiting skilled as well as apprentice CNC millers and turners, as well as recently-graduated and experienced sales engineers to join SMC’s 300-plus UK team.

On their tour of the Crownhill facility, Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart met the company’s existing apprentices to hear first-hand how working with a world-leading expert has given them a fantastic start to their careers.

The MP’s also spoke briefly at a seminar that SMC hosted for ‘Autumn Years’, which is advising the company’s staff on handle the multitude of challenges that could be posed to them and their families by dementia.

Hayley Walker, Head of Human Resources at SMC commented: Modern apprenticeships are very much an area of focus currently, and SMC is very proud to be able to give young engineers a head start with hands on experience at a global manufacturer, where they can learn the latest techniques and combine them with tried and trusted lean manufacturing philosophies.

‘Combine our apprenticeships offer with our Graduates programme and the ongoing recruitment for CNC machine operators and sales engineers, and it’s currently good news all the way for SMC!’

SMC Pneumatics (UK) Ltd
Tel: 01908 563888
Email: sales@smcpneumatics.co.uk

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 32


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