Three young people from across Yorkshire are starting their careers in the process automation industry with an apprenticeship scheme run by Northern Powerhouse partner Saftronics Ltd.

The Yorkshire-based company has welcomed its latest crop of apprentices, who have come straight from school and will spend 3-5 years gaining skills at the Saftronics headquarters in Leeds. Through the apprenticeship programme, they will receive hands-on experience on the shop floor, in electrical design, software and tendering as well as receiving mentoring from experts across the business.

This real-world experience will be supplemented with a specialist industry accredited course at Bradford College that the apprentices will attend to learn all aspects of engineering.

Saftronics Ltd was established in 1979 and is located in Leeds in a purpose-built 2,400m² design, manufacturing and testing facility. They specialise in process control systems and LV switchgear for a wide variety of applications across many industrial sectors and are the preferred and trusted supplier of choice for many leading and high-profile companies.

Jonathan Robinson, Technical Director said: “We support our apprentices every step of the way. From the very start, they receive on-the-job training in the workshop and gain experience in real-world working environments. They’re guided through their studies and given the chance to put the theory they’re learning into practice at every available opportunity. We really recognise what young apprentices have to offer and are committed to investing in the engineering talent of the future.”

Saftronics is the latest business to become a Northern Powerhouse partner, joining organisations including Siemens, Vodafone and New Balance.

The partner programme is a vital element of the wider Northern Powerhouse, driving forward the tangible growth of the northern economy. Our partners are representative of the whole of the north and cover a variety of different institutions, businesses and sectors.

Photo: left to right: Suzanna Hindle, Jonathan Robinson – Technical Director, Hasnain Hussain, Joe Dawson