Dorset-based manufacturing company, Superior, has its own company-run Academy which offers apprenticeships to students from as young as 16, through to graduates. Apprentices are given the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. There are currently 20 apprentices going through the Academy, with students working in various roles that include design, manufacturing, maintenance, quality, process engineering, precision engineering and working in the laboratory.
The Academy was opened by the Duke of Kent and the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset in 2012 and has since gone from strength to strength. Manging director Tim Brown was awarded an MBE in 2016 for the company’s commitment to apprenticeships and charitable services. Working closely in conjunction with local schools and colleges, Superior's aim is to get students of all ages interested in STEM.
This week, Superior is celebrating after winning Gold in two categories at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. Superior took home Gold in both the Business Growth category and Gold in the Partnerships category.
The Business Growth category recognises dynamic business growth and investment made in technology and staff to support growth objectives. Superior has ploughed over £20 million back into the business since 2012 in order to secure its future and maintain its position as a supplier of choice. The £20 million has been used on machinery, acquiring land, factory upgrades and developing and training employees.
The Partnerships category, sponsored by Jonathan Lee Recruitment, recognises companies that have done the most to promote engineering and manufacturing through activities in the local community. Superior works closely with local schools and colleges, with an aim to get students of all ages interested in STEM. The company works alongside 21 schools in Dorset to promote apprenticeships – including Queen Elizabeth School, Ferndown Upper School, Poole High School, The Bourne Academy, Parkstone Grammar School and many others. Forming strong partnerships locally is integral to the success of Superior’s Academy.
With the regional title now secured, Superior will then go on to compete for the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in January next year.