In 2010, Renishaw established a specialised internal training scheme in response to a growing demand for applications engineers.
This Applications Academy, which is a 21 month course and based at Renishaw’s headquarters in Gloucestershire, has proven popular with the company doubling its intake of graduates last year. So far 35 candidates have graduated from the Academy and have been snapped up into a number of divisions within the company.
The Applications Academy programme equips graduates with an understanding of engineering principles, manufacturing processes, methods and techniques, as well as communication and business skills.
Renishaw claims that the success of its Applications Academy is reflected in how fast graduates are being snapped up by divisions of the engineering firm upon completing the course.
A video about the graduate schemes at Renishaw, including the Applications Academy for aspiring applications engineers
Charlie Birkett, who graduates this Christmas from the Applications Academy, already has a place secured and is currently working at the company’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division in Stone, Staffordshire.
“I graduated from Exeter University as a mechanical engineer and was lucky enough to be accepted into the Applications Academy. Engineering at university was very different to actually working in the industry. At Renishaw, the majority of my role is very practical instead of theory based,” explains Birkett.
“One of my three placements was in the Machine Tool Products Division, which gave me the opportunity to learn in a very hands-on environment. It helped my growth as an engineer exponentially.
“When I learned of an opening at the additive manufacturing division in Stone, I leapt at the chance to work with some of the most innovative and exciting technology around. Renishaw was more than happy to facilitate my request.”
Renishaw is now looking to extend its growth and development programme by accepting apprentices at the Academy. For more information visit Renishaw’s career page.