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Airtrace Sheet Metal Ltd directly employs around 60 staff, with 50 of them working on the tools in the workshop across three shift patterns.

Over the last three years Airtrace has placed around 20 employees on factory based NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 programs. In addition to this training, Airtrace has organised monthly one to one Saturday training schools to increase the skillset of its staff. Airtrace now has a dedicated area on its mezzanine floor, with machines and benches allowing for one to one training during normal working hours.

Tony Warwick, co-owner of Airtrace, commented: “The introduction of the Trailblazer scheme is great news for on-site ductwork installers but there needs to be more support for workshop-based trainees if the industry is to guarantee a ready supply of ductwork.

“Unfortunately, there is a massive shortfall in skilled workshop-based sheet metal workers between the ages of 20-35. During the tougher times around about 10 years ago the larger companies were not employing trainees or apprentices and this is now affecting the manufacturing side of the industry.

“We continually advertise for staff with any level of skill or experience in the manufacturing side of the trade but never get any applicants. This is not about what we offer as a salary, this is about a lack of individuals with the correct skillsets.”

If you are interested in a career at Airtrace please visit: www.airtrace.co.uk/careers.php



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