Birmingham-based global engineering firm Lander Automotive has been named as one of the first recipients of the Future Skills Award of the new year, for their outstanding commitment to training the next generation of highly skilled engineering and trades apprentices.
The firm, which designs and manufactures fluid and air carrying pipes, tubular fabrications and interior trim assemblies to the global automotive industry, is amongst the first cohort to be given the award in 2022.
The award is being driven by the HomeServe Foundation, the charity arm of FTSE 250-listed HomeServe plc, to recognise organisations or individuals’ contributions to furthering future skills and apprenticeships in the UK.
Lander Automotive stood out for its dedication to ‘growing its own’ skills base through high quality apprenticeships in a range of engineering and administration roles and its commitment to recruit 180 apprentices over the next 18 months alone.
Helen Booth, Director of the HomeServe Foundation said: “Lander Automotive’s investment in the skills the business will need in the future is a wonderful example of a company that’s taken its destiny into its own hands, leaving nothing to chance.
“By doing so, it has ensured it will have a plentiful supply of relevant skills to drive its business forward.
“We want to recognise and celebrate all those, like Lander, who are helping Britain build back better by creating jobs and new opportunities through apprenticeships.”
People, Culture and Compliance Manager, Anita Davenport-Brooks, said: “We are delighted to accept this Future Skills Award. We’ve made a big commitment to invest in fresh talent by offering young people the opportunity to learn a skill that will undoubtedly help them throughout their career.
“The value of apprentices is fantastic – they are the future of the industry. Many stay with us after their apprenticeship has finished, and those who leave have gained qualifications and experience to give their career a great start.”
Earlier recipients of the award include former apprentice turned Aston Martin motor company chief, Andy Palmer and leaders in the field of apprenticeships, including Amazing Apprenticeships, founded by Anna Morrison CBE, as well as employers driving apprenticeship growth, including Paragon Customer Communications.
The award is now open for other individuals and businesses – both large and small who are supporting the growth of future skills across all and every industry in the UK – to apply for. Criteria applies and details are available here.
Everyone receiving the Future Skills Award will be given a toolkit to celebrate and promote the accreditation to their employees, partners, or customers, and businesses can also apply for the award directly themselves.
Lander is a leading supplier of assembled products primarily in the automotive sector, specialising in fluid and air transfer systems, welded structures, interior trim products, and plastic tubular assemblies.
Its Birmingham HQ uses state of the art design and manufacturing facilities to provide first-class adaptive engineering solutions for major global clients.
To meet evolving customer needs, Lander continues to invest in infrastructure and people, and has an award winning apprenticeship programme, with a new cohort of the brightest young people going through its academy every eight weeks.