Superior, a Dorset-based manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals, is preparing for a busy National Apprenticeship Week, supporting a variety of events across the county to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (Monday March 4 – Friday March 8), is a government initiative now in its twelfth year, and aims to bring the whole apprenticeship community together.

Superior has its own company-run Apprenticeship Academy on-site, offering apprenticeships to students as young as 16, giving apprentices the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. All apprentices are given the opportunity to gain a degree.

Superior will be supporting the following apprenticeship events:

  • Bournemouth & Poole College’s ‘Open Event’ – Tuesday March 5, 4-8pm
  • Parkstone Grammar School’s ‘Careers Convention’ – Wednesday March 6, 6-8pm
  • Dorset Tank Museum’s ‘Big Bang’ – Wednesday March 13, 12.30-2.30pm
  • Queen Elizabeth’s School’s ‘Apprenticeship Live’ – Thursday March 14, 5.30-7pm
  • Young Enterprise DASH’s ‘Skills Match Event’ at Signature Technicair – Monday March 25, 8.30am-7pm

Katie Bodman, head of training academy at Superior, commented: “We are really looking forward to our varied programme of supporting events across the county for National Apprenticeship Week. We aim to help bring to life the varied careers available to students interested in STEM, especially from a young age.”

The ‘Big Bang’ event at Dorset Tank Museum, organised by Dorset County Council, invites primary and middle school students from Dorset to enjoy hands-on activities from STEM exhibitors, including Superior.

The Young Enterprise DASH employability programme aims to bring your people, employers and activity providers together. Superior is attending the ‘Skills Match Event’ at the end of March to promote its apprenticeship opportunities and raise awareness of its award-winning Academy.

In recognition of National Apprenticeship Week, Superior will also be announcing its ‘Apprentice of the Year,’ which will be announced closer to the time. This initiative has been in place at Superior since 2009, introduced to help motivate its apprentices and reward significant progress. The first award was given to Bradley Hicks in 2009, who is now the maintenance manager at Superior. Bradley is currently mentoring two apprentices to work alongside him in the maintenance department.

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