Spencer Group grows workforce with 14 more talented young apprentices

Charlie Spencer OBE, Executive Chairman and founder of Spencer Group, with Yvonne Moir, HR Director at Spencer Group, left, and Sarah Pashley, Principal of Ron Dearing UTC, right, and the 14 new Spencer Group apprentices.

Leading engineering business Spencer Group has continued to grow its workforce by taking on 14 more talented apprentices – taking its total to 42 in just three years.

The recruitment of so many apprentices over such a short period reflects Spencer Group’s commitment to investing in its future engineers and leaders.

Spencer Group is a privately-owned, multi-disciplinary engineering business delivering innovative engineering and construction solutions across the UK in the rail, bridges, transport, infrastructure, materials handling, energy and industrial sectors.

The latest entry-level recruits include nine Engineering Apprentices, one Mechanical Apprentice, one Electrical Apprentice, two Marketing Apprentices and one Scheduling Apprentice.

All the apprentices have joined Hull-based Spencer Group from the same school in the city, Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC), which operates a highly successful employer-led model of education.

Spencer Group is one of the UTC’s Founding Partners and the relationship with the school has created a productive pipeline of fresh talent for the engineering industry as well as opening up exciting and rewarding opportunities for dozens of young people.

Charlie Spencer OBE, Executive Chairman and founder of Spencer Group, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to take on so many apprentices again this year.

“As a growing business, it’s essential we bring in and develop young talent and that’s exactly what we’re doing with these exceptional young apprentices.

“They’ve had an outstanding experience at Ron Dearing, which has prepared them for the world of work with its employer-led model of education, and now they’ll learn from excellent mentors at Spencer Group during the next stage of their development.

“It’s very exciting for them – and for us.”

Spencer Group employed 14 apprentices from Ron Dearing UTC three years ago, followed by a further five two years ago and nine last year, with many more planned for future intakes.

Yvonne Moir, HR Director at Spencer Group, said: “We’re very excited to welcome 14 new apprentices and we’re so impressed with them already.

“Our previous apprentices have proven to be of a really high standard and we have no doubt the latest intake will also become valuable additions to Spencer Group.”

Existing apprentices and those who have completed their apprenticeships to secure a permanent position with Spencer Group help to mentor the new intake each year.

This year’s Engineering Apprentices will rotate around various departments before heading out on site to work on projects across the UK, while the Mechanical and Electrical Apprentices have already started work on site.

Every apprentice who secures a permanent position with Spencer Group is offered the chance to further their studies to degree level and possibly complete a master’s degree.

Harrison Ryan is looking forward to developing his skills and knowledge after joining Spencer Group as an Engineering Apprentice.

He said: “It’s amazing to be here. Spencer Group is a brilliant company to work for and I can’t wait to get going.”

Luke Blackwood has also joined as an Engineering Apprentice.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” he said. “Ron Dearing was a brilliant experience. All the teachers push you to be the best you can and they treat you like an adult, which really helps the transition to the world of work.”

Fellow Engineering Apprentice Declan Longley added: “I’m really excited to be starting and to learn more about the business and the industry.”

Ellen White, who has joined as a Marketing Apprentice, said: “I’m so excited to start. They look after you at Spencer Group and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.”

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