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JCB Academy graduates become apprentices

Construction equipment manufacturer creates more than 100 jobs for young people

JCB have created more than 100 jobs for young people with the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and undergraduates as the company looks to develop the next- generation of engineering and manufacturing talent.

Around 55 higher, advanced and craft apprentices and 18 undergraduates joined the business last week, including 15 teenagers who represented the first ever intake from the JCB Academy which was set up in 2010 to create the engineers and business leaders of the future.

This week 30 graduates covering manufacturing, powertrains, business and purchasing disciplines will start work. All the apprentices, graduates and undergraduates have been recruited as part of a £3.5 million investment in a ‘Young Talent’ programme.

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: ‘Investing in new talent is vital for the future success of any business. I’m particularly pleased to welcome JCB’s first recruits from the JCB Academy where they have benefitted from working on real-life engineering projects to prepare them for the world of work.’

The JCB apprenticeship programme also includes a new Higher Apprenticeship scheme which offers the opportunity for 14 youngsters to study to degree level while still working in design, technical service support and manufacturing roles.

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