Wienerberger UK & Ireland is laying the foundations for future generations as it unveils its £1 million investment in its brand new Centre of Excellence, dedicated to educating and training engineers, based at its Sandtoft site near Doncaster.
The centre has been set up to help the manufacturer meet some of the industry-wide challenges regarding skills retention and developing highly skilled engineers. During its first year of opening, Wienerberger will train 30 apprentice engineers.
Supporting and enabling the construction industry to create a better future, Wienerberger’s centralised apprenticeship programme will support its mission to provide high-quality training through a multi-skilled approach.
Young entrepreneur, global mental health ambassador and the UK’s Chief Youth Officer, Jack Parsons, added: “It’s fantastic to see that Wienerberger is committing to future generations of apprentices by creating this brand new facility dedicated to education and future development. By giving young people more options for their future careers, Wienerberger is taking control of the UK’s skills shortage and doing something that will make a difference to so many people in the local community.”
Simon Nevitt, Operations Director at Wienerberger UK, commented: “For our business to be sustainable, we need to create enduring value for those around us. As well as providing product and service solutions for the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and resource scarcity in the built environment, Wienerberger must become a net-zero emission, nature-positive business.
“We want to positively impact the communities in which we live, work, source and sell, and conserve the natural resources upon which we all depend. Our Centre of Excellence has been built to address the acute engineering shortage and provide training for apprentices who will be set to become the future of the built environment.”
The Centre of Excellence opening follows its recent £30m investment in its new Sittingbourne Factory which will create more than 30 new jobs in the local area.