Apprentice Oliver Lowe introduces work experience student Dylan Smith to a WEG motor in our new products assembly area.
It's being flanged up, then coupled to a Radicon gearbox, replacing a faulty bespoke DC geared motor on an accumulator infeed in the textile industry.
Dylan, 15, has thoughts of becoming an engineer after leaving Netherhall High School – and Britain urgently needs more engineers. A recent report by EngineeringUK found that demand is predicted to grow faster than for other occupations.
Dr Hilary Leevers, EngineeringUK's chief executive, said: “Given the soaring demand for engineers across all sectors, it’s essential that the UK has a robust plan and funding in place to train the future workforce, bringing more young people from all backgrounds into engineering and technology.'
At Westin Drives, we are helping to find the engineers of the future by encouraging school pupils and college students to apply for work experience. Several of our team joined us that way and have progressed through the company. We also go into schools to explain what sort of work we do and to answer general questions about a career in engineering.
Dylan's father, Wayne, has been a skilled engineer with Westin Drives for 20 years and is happy to see his son follow in his footsteps.