Appris Open Evening: Bridging the Gap between Aspiring Engineers and Industry Leaders

Appris recently hosted its annual open evening for engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships, marking a significant step forward in bridging the gap between aspiring engineers and industry leaders. The event, attended by over 300 individuals and featuring 20 regional employers, showcased the vibrant potential and enthusiasm within the sector.

The open evening was more than just a networking event; it was a dynamic platform where the future of engineering and manufacturing was on full display. Apprentices, educators, and industry professionals came together in a shared space, fostering an environment of learning, opportunity, and growth.

One of the key highlights of the evening was the interaction between apprentices and employers. Aspiring engineers had the unique chance to engage directly with industry leaders, gaining invaluable insights into the real-world applications of their studies. This direct engagement is crucial, as statistics often show a gap between academic training and industry expectations. Events like this help to bridge that gap, aligning educational pathways with the evolving needs of the industry.

The presence of 20 regional employers, including Sulzer, Britvic, David Brown Santasalo and many more, all keen on scouting the next generation of engineers, was a testament to the event’s success. These employers not only provided a glimpse into the diverse career opportunities available but also highlighted the importance of apprenticeships in securing a skilled workforce for the future.

John Crabtree, Bowers Group, stated, “I thought the event went very well with some excellent young prospective engineers attending. All your hard work attending local schools and colleges promoting engineering as a career choice seems to be paying off.”

In summary, Appris’ open evening was a resounding success and a catalyst for future growth in the engineering and manufacturing industries. By bringing together aspiring engineers and industry leaders, the event laid the groundwork for a brighter, more innovative future in these critical sectors.


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