Daventry engineering firm anounces record number of apprentices

New apprentices, have recently joined Cummins, Royal Oak Way South, Daventry.
New apprentices, have recently joined Cummins, Royal Oak Way South, Daventry.

A RECORD number of apprentices have started work at a Daventry company.

Cummins, based on the town’s Royal Oak industrial estate, has taken on 11 new apprentices – the most the firm has ever accepted.

Pam Stockley, who works with the apprentices, said: “We used to take four apprentices on each year. Then we doubled it to eight.

“But when the recession hit us we didn’t take anyone on in 2009. We started it back up again last year.

“Next year we’re aiming to take on 11 apprentices again, or even more than that.

“We have a close working relationship with both Danetre and William Parker schools in Daventry and about half come from there.”

Some 70 people tried for the 11 places available this year.

Mark Smith, co-ordinator for apprentices, said: “The company has looked at the type of vacancies we think we will have in four years, which is how long an apprenticeship takes. It’s good for the company because not only do we get people who are trained to do the job, but they also know how we work at Cummins and how what they do fits into the wider picture.”

The apprentices spend time in college, and also in the factory working in various different departments over the years.

Jamie Ashwell, 18 and from Daventry, is one of the new apprentices.

He said: “The application process was quite tough. But it’s a good company to work for because they let you progress.”

Reiss Keating, 16 and from Daventry, said: “I applied after seeing the ad in the paper because it encapsulates everything I like and want to do with my career.”