Salamander Pumps is an advocate of National Apprenticeship Week, recognising the significant value of apprenticeships in shaping the future workforce of the UK’s plumbing industry.
With an established and successful commitment to helping the next generation reach their personal and professional potential, the Sunderland-based brand reaffirms its dedication to apprenticeship programs as a cornerstone of industry innovation and sustainability.
The critical role that apprenticeships play is now more evident than ever. With the UK’s plumbing and pump sector continuing to experience a widening skills shortage, which is only being escalated by the pace of change happening in the wider marketplace, well-trained apprentices play a pivotal role in addressing it.
Recognising this ongoing challenge, Salamander Pumps believes that one of the most effective methods to gain the industry experience needed is for the younger workforce to learn on the job – through apprenticeship programmes at all levels.
Apprenticeships can play a critical role in shortening the skills gap by providing on-the-job training, helping trainees develop new skills and exposure to different areas of the business, whilst offering real-life knowledge that cannot always be gained from theory-based work.
Salamander Pumps have seen firsthand that having apprentices learn as they earn they are motivated to be upskilled and remain ahead of any new industry or technological developments. From production and manufacturing to finance and accounting, Salamander Pumps embraces apprenticeships as a vital component of its workforce development strategy.
Mike Oxley, Lewis Wilkes, Noel Pemberton, and Ryan Hughes, all key members of the Salamander Pumps team, all exemplify the transformative power of apprenticeships in achieving new qualifications whilst developing their own careers.
Lewis Wilkes, a Project Engineer at Salamander Pumps, reflects on his apprenticeship journey, stating: “The apprentice route provided me with hands-on experience. It has taught me the value of workplace experience as well as progressing my academic qualifications. My apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to be involved in different departments within the company.
“I now have 9 years of work experience and have graduated with a first class bachelor’s degree (BEng) in mechanical engineering. This opportunity would not have been possible without choosing the apprenticeship route. By working between the R&D and Quality departments it allowed my learning/development to be well rounded and no day was the same.”
Mike Oxley, Training Manager at Salamander Pumps, echoes Lewis’s sentiment, emphasising: “Learning on the job through apprenticeships offers invaluable real-world experience that classroom education alone cannot provide. I was mentored by an experienced Engineer who would allow me to take as much ownership of the work as possible, whilst always supporting me and giving constructive advice. It’s about gaining practical skills while being an integral part of a team.”
Noel Pemberton, Quality Inspector at Salamander Pumps, speaks on the significance of apprenticeships in his career path, remarking: “My apprenticeship experience equipped me with the skills and knowledge essential for my role today. It’s a journey of continuous learning and growth. I would recommend an apprenticeship as it gives you an opportunity to have hands on experience in a working environment while still getting an education.”
Ryan Hughes, an apprentice in the finance team at Salamander Pumps, underscores the unique benefits of apprenticeships, stating: “The apprenticeship programme has been instrumental in my career development, allowing me to balance work and studies effectively while gaining invaluable experience.”
As Salamander Pumps commemorates National Apprenticeship Week, the company remains committed to nurturing talent, bridging the skills gap, and driving industry excellence through apprenticeship programs.