Electro-mechanical repairer Houghton International has developed its small works division into a dedicated training ground for apprentices.

By integrating apprenticeship training into its small works services, the Newcastle-based firm provides essential repair and maintenance services and hands-on experience and mentorship opportunities for aspiring engineers.

"Our apprenticeship scheme has been critical to our success," said Craig Hutton, Operations Director at Houghton International.

"We recognise that many young individuals may not even be aware of electro-mechanical engineering as a career path. That's why we've invested in nurturing talent from within our community.

"We are custodians of engineering skills, providing development for young, aspiring apprentices. Every time a customer sends a low-kilowatt asset for repair, they're investing in the future of engineering in our region.

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"We encourage other businesses in the region to follow suit and make talent development a core part of their culture and service offerings. As a result, the regions businesses can prosper, and we can build a brighter future for the next generation of engineers."

Chris Lisle, former apprentice and now head of department at Houghton International added: "We believe in the power of apprenticeships to shape the future of engineering.

"That's why we've made our Small Works Department the dedicated training ground for our apprentices. It's not just about fixing machines; it's about empowering the next generation of engineers and giving them the tools they need to succeed."