With recent figures hinting that the UK is going to require over 2 million engineers in the next 5 to 10 years, one Aberdeenshire engineering firm has been playing their part in preparing current employees in achieving their national qualifications.
LFH Engineering, based in Ellon, deals with the design and manufacture of pumps and has recently saw four staff members achieve a range of qualifications.
Ellon men, Gary Dean and Michael Munro have recently graduated from Aberdeen College, with a HNC in Mechanical Engineering.
Gary, 46 and Michael, 33 started working for the firm in 2010 and in that time have increased their knowledge by completing the course, building on their existing skills of the engineering industry.
Meanwhile, brothers Chad, 18, and Glenn Hill, 20, are both in their third year of a four year apprenticeship with the firm.
The pair have both achieved their NC in Manufacturing and Mechanical Maintenance on day release at Aberdeen College.
The talented duo have also received various national certificates and have enrolled in evening classes to in order to gain their HNC.
Employing trainees preparing them for a career in the industry is also at the heart of the company’s interests.
Trainee CNC machinists, Barry Armstrong, 32 along side Daniel Ritchie, 20, will be working with an experienced operator, learning on the job as they go.
The trainees join 25-year-old Frenchman Arnaud Girin who started working with the firm in 2012 and has just started a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Robert Gordon University.
Arnaud will continue to work part-time at the firm throughout his studies and already has a French DUT in Mechanical and Production Engineering under his belt.
LFH Engineering managing director, Les Hill, said: “At LFH, we take the conscious approach to nurture our staff through their learning and we’re really beginning to reap the rewards from this method of working.
“For these guys to be able to put what they learn throughout their courses into practice within our workplace is of great benefit to the company as a whole.
“It’s testament to the hard work and positive attitude of our staff that we are seeing fantastic results across the board and we will continue to do our utmost to allow our workforce to flourish.”