Michelin opens applications for apprenticeship programme

Some of Michelin’s current and former apprentices: (l-r) Lewis Clay, business admin apprentice; Andrew French, director of services and solutions for commercial vehicles; Ashley Summerfield, business admin apprentice; Emily Masterson, engineering apprentice; Rob Hewitt, HR manager of the Stoke industrial site; and Helen Ratcliff, marketing director

Michelin has opened applications for the five trainee places available in its 2019 intake, with roles available in engineering and business administration in Stoke-on-Trent. Michelin’s apprenticeship programme was launched in 1927. The tyre manufacturer states that it “underpins the culture of the company overall, providing a springboard for trainees to start their careers through a tailored mix of training and work experience.”

The scheme provides a defined progression route towards senior leadership roles. A number of former apprentices are now at managerial and directorial level. These include Rob Hewitt, HR manager of the Stoke industrial site; Andrew French, director of services and solutions for commercial vehicles; and Helen Ratcliff, marketing director.

Ratcliff started her administration apprenticeship within the engineering department at the factory, gaining experience across the business while building up a string of professional qualifications. She said: “I was attracted to the apprenticeship scheme as it offered a wide range of development and career opportunities within a multi-national, highly reputable company, with one of the strongest worldwide brands.

“Since then I have gained multiple qualifications including a BTEC, marketing degree and post graduate marketing qualifications, whilst also working in various roles including, customer service, sales, key account management and marketing.”

Emily Masterson, 18, is an engineering apprentice in her second year at Michelin and joined the company after a work experience programme. She said: “I came to Michelin for work experience in maintenance engineering, which is the role I do now.

“It all felt just right, I was made very welcome, so when I saw the apprenticeship advertised I applied and really hoped to get it.

“Now I am here I feel I am learning a lot and also getting involved in the company.

“It’s interesting, hands-on work and I like the fact I am working and learning, developing new skills from experienced engineers while gaining my BTEC qualifications.”

Jane Belcher, Michelin HR manager

The new positions have been announced in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place between 4 and 8 March. According to Jane Belcher, Michelin HR manager, the week-long celebration, now in its 12th year, gives an opportunity to showcase how important and valued apprentices are in the business.

Belcher said: “Apprenticeships enable us to invest in the next generation and to give trainees a great start to their careers. They also attract new talent into the business. National Apprenticeship Week highlights how valuable the programmes are for those taking part, their parents, family and employers, as well as the wider economy.”

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