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UK's first SME to complete the Aerospace Industrial Cadets Programme

Precision Engineering Components AVPE have become the first SME company in the UK to complete an Industrial Cadet placement under the new Aerospace Industrial Cadet Programme (AICP). AICP was initiated by the Aerospace Growth Partnership Skills Group as an initiative in association with the national workplace experience accreditation Industrial Cadets to improve the flow of the right quality of young people into the aerospace industry.

Chairman of AVPE, Chris Steel, says

“As a member of the AGP skills group I am particularly aware of the gap between schools and industry, which means that many very able young people often simply don’t know about the careers that are available in their local industries. I am also aware of the very large problem of available skills that the aerospace industry is presently facing will continue to face into the future. For this reason, I agreed to provide a pilot experience under the AICP to prove its capability in a SME environment.”

Bristol based AVPE delivers precision CNC machined and assembled components to the Aerospace industries leading names, in particular being a direct supplier to Airbus both in the UK and Germany. The APVE “Fast Shop” capability for machined components with a very short lead time, has also lead to a new relationship with the highly regarded Williams Formula 1 team.

The student taken on by AVPE, Harry Maund, was 17 and undertaking the work experience placement accredited at Industrial Cadet Silver level. The contact was via a local school Kings of Wessex Academy where Harry was a sixth form student looking for work experience in an aerospace environment.

Over the week that Harry was with AVPE he was involved with many of its functions, having the opportunity to be involved in computer aided design, gaining a rounded insight into the manufacturing processes and having the opportunity to understand how support functions such as Finance, IT and administration integrate with the core activities to make a successful business. A good amount of time was spent on his project which culminated with a presentation of his findings to company management.

Chris Steel says:

“Harry was a very capable student and there was genuine mutual benefit from his work experience. As a project within his overall work experience Harry was asked to undertake time and motion studies within the inspection area and identify capacity constraints that we need to overcome. His analytical capability was outstanding and that, together with his good interpersonal skills, meant that we have been able to make significant progress with tackling the constraints that he identified.”