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Appris partners with local welding company

Leeds Welding Company are delighted to announce that they have developed a very special
partnership with another local training provider Appris, who specialise in the delivery of
Engineering/Manufacturing apprenticeships.

Richard Eaglen, who is Managing Director of Leeds Welding, started his career aged 16, as a sheet
metal apprentice, coincidently alongside Dean Coleman-Walker, who is now business development
Director at Appris.

As a result, both companies are very experienced and committed to working with young people to
ensure they see all the opportunities open to them as they start their careers. Working
collaboratively they offer an excellent start to any young person’s career.

Leeds Welding are also now taking their partnership further by Sponsoring the fabrication workshop
at the brand new Appris Training centre, providing raw materials and bespoke projects that
apprentices can work on to ensure they get real, comprehensive training ready to start their

“With the support of the team at Appris, delivering a comprehensive and meaningful training
programming has been much easier than we anticipated. They are always on hand to help with
mentoring and student support and well as guiding us on the best way to help the apprentice fulfil
the requirements of the qualification with real world on the job training.”

Every year Leeds Welding take on a handful of apprentices, selecting from applicants who apply to
Appris and are delighted to say that these young people always add something to the workforce.
“There are tremendous opportunities to learn about all aspects of a modern engineering business
whilst completing a fabrication and welding apprenticeship at LWC, from CAD/CAM technology to
production engineering, purchasing and stock control, with the option to develop in an area of the
business that is of most interest to the young person, once they have finished their

“We are delighted to be able to take on more apprentices. “We’ve learned very quickly that
apprentices add real value to the team and the culture here at LWC.
We now have a great mix of personalities and skills and even some of the older team members are
learning from the younger ones. It’s great to be able to offer these talented youngsters the
opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Leeds Welding employs more than 120 people and has recently invested in high-tech laser cutting and
robotic welding machinery with plans to take on even more new apprentices this year as part of the
firm’s long-running apprenticeship and training programme

The heart of Appris’ business is Apprenticeships, specialising in the delivery of Engineering
Manufacture apprenticeships. With over 150 member companies and 400+ apprentices learning across
West Yorkshire, Appris is the provider of choice for the engineering industry. To compliment the
engineering provision, they offer apprenticeships in Human Resources & Management. They also offer
commercial training in Management, Personal Development, Health & Safety, Higher National
Certificate (HNC) and Electrical Technical courses.