Following last year’s 50th celebrations marking the beginning of ‘Project Pyroban’, the next 50 years of Pyroban are firmly on the agenda at the HQ in Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, UK. Alongside recent investments of more than £500,000 and an expanding workforce, Pyroban is strongly committed to developing young people in the local area.
“We are working with five apprentices from the 2019 intake with more to come in early 2020,” says Rob Marten (pictured), Apprentice and New Staff Co-ordinator at the Pyroban factory in Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, UK. “They are keen, young people ranging from the ages of 19 to 24 and are already working across a variety of disciplines in the Pyroban business.”
The apprentices work at Pyroban’s Shoreham-by-Sea facility from Monday to Thursday each week, attending Northbrook MET College in Worthing (Greater Brighton Metropolitan College) each Friday to focus on theoretical learning which is then put into practice on the Pyroban shop floor under the supervision of Rob Marten, Apprentice and New Staff Co-ordinator.
The apprenticeships, each lasting 3 years, aim to give the apprentices a foundation for the skills which are essential in Pyroban’s everyday activities. They are already supporting the diesel and electric lift truck production lines and offshore engine assembly line.
Realising apprentice’s full potential
With a background in the Army, Rob Marten previously taught basic mechanical principles in the Royal Artillery and driving skills. Rob has been with Pyroban for almost 15 years and spent most of this time undertaking the actual conversion of lift trucks for use in hazardous areas.
He works with each apprentice in the early stages of their apprenticeships teaching them a variety of basic metal works and mechanical skills such as hacksawing, drilling, taping, filing as well as complete basic electrical training on soldering, crimping and more. These basic skills give them the perfect foundation to move on to using advanced machinery.
“Our apprentices are so lucky. They get to learn about complex problem solving and I’m so proud to see their growth and for them to realise their full potential”, says Rob. “I’m delighted to see the company taking on apprentices and give young local people such amazing opportunities while ensuring there is succession planning for the future workforce of Pyroban.”
Investing in the future of Pyroban
Pyroban offers electrical and mechanical apprenticeships which cover a wide range of disciplines including internal projects and working with the wider team of engineers to fulfil international customer orders.