Shadow Business Secretary praises Atlas’ apprenticeship scheme

Atlas Converting Equipment in Kempston has been praised for its apprenticeship scheme by the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna.

The company, an international supplier of slitting and rewinding equipment, has an on-going apprenticeship recruitment programme which takes on three young people every year from local areas.

The Shadow Business Secretary spoke of his admiration for the company in their professional drive to promote apprenticeships and to help drive up the economy: “The team at Atlas here are doing great work employing local people and trading in the international market.

“Our plan as part of this tour is to see a range of companies who have a lot to offer with regards to training, as we hope to ensure that all vocational training schemes are up to a high standard.

“At Atlas it is great to see that they train their apprentices up to NVQ Level 4, and this is what we want to see to enhance UK business as a whole.”

Steve Darlington, chairman of Atlas commented: “When Atlas took over this site four years ago, we made the decision to enhance our recruitment of apprentices, with regular vacancies open for the start of each academic year.

“This has been increasingly popular, and is a great way for those looking to get in the door of engineering with a global company like ourselves.”