A PRESTIGIOUS on-site training academy means Cooney Marine International Ltd has a workforce which can meet its demanding high standards.
The third generation of apprentices is now helping to train apprentices at the Kettering-based company which is recognised as the leader in stainless engineering for the international marine industry.
The academy, accredited awarding body EAL, is currently recruiting apprentices for its next programme. The apprentices cover a wide range of subjects from welding to fabrication with apprenticeships available from Level 1 to 3 and some going on to HNC qualifications.
Kieran McDonnell, Production and Training Manager, said: "We recognised that we needed a workforce with specific skills so we could fulfil our contracts. The in-house training means we can ensure each individual has the complete range of skills to meet our very high standards."
Many of the current supervisors have benefited from the company's training scheme. These include Nick Billing who trained supervisor Lee Stapleton, and who in turn has trained Brady Durrant.
"We are looking for people who may not necessarily have all the academic qualifications but have the ability to learn these very specific skills and want to make the commitment to maintain our high standards," said Kieran.
"There is no room to cut corners. We have high expectations and believe the best way to achieve this is by valuing our staff. The apprentices can learn from experienced staff and get real hands-on experience.
"Our apprentices are unique and we are very proud of what we have been able to achieve."
The training ethos starts at the top with Managing Director James Cooney undertaking an apprenticeship with another company before he joined the family business.
"We knew early on that to grow the business we needed the skills, so we decided to start growing our owns skills base," said James. "I was an apprentice and my father before me was an apprentice. It was clear we had to go out and get trained up, so we have the respect and know what we are talking about."