The apprenticeship programme has been a success story for AF Fasteners.
We’ve struggled to grow and retain new skill. The apprenticeship programme has allowed us to attract young, local talent with an eagerness to learn.
Tiro have been nurturing towards our apprentices and guided them through the process with care.
At the same time Tiro have been quick to escalate any concerns that, as an employer, we could have missed.
This gave us a vital and early opportunity to address any shortfalls as they occur and avoid any longer term problems.
Good employers look to benefit their businesses by investing in the future, the best way to ensure development is through training and education.
We’ve gained great satisfaction in the journey in developing young minds to succeed in engineering, seeing the individual grow and develop potential for more.
Within 5 years we expect our skill level to have developed to a world class fastener manufacturer throughout.
"I started as an apprentice at St Richards in September 2021. I really enjoyed the learning on the job and the online learning of the course content. The school was really supportive and was very flexible with how I completed my apprenticeship. I completed my apprenticeship in Jan 2023 and was supported the whole way through by the mentor from the school and the tutor from Tiro. Once I finished my apprenticeship, I had the opportunity to progress to senior science technician. I have learnt so much in just a short time and have really enjoyed it and all the opportunities that have arisen during this time."Emily Barr Level 3 Laboratory Technician - St Richards Catholic College
"The main surprise from this apprenticeship is that I learned practical and transferable skills that I did not learn from university, that can be transferred into other workplaces."Liam Boyes Materials Technician Apprentice - Aggregate Industries
"I struggled a lot early on in my apprenticeship and to be honest at one point I did honestly think I wasn’t going to be able to finish it. Looking back now that would have been a huge mistake! During my apprenticeship I was always made to feel equal with others and shared equal responsibility, often working independently on site and in the lab carrying out UKAS Accredited tests. "Jack Hodson Materials Technician Apprentice - Balfour Beatty Vinci
"With all the knowledge I have gained through Tiro and KEVICC, I believe that I can take on any challenges I face. "Patrisia Hincheva Laboratory Technician Apprentice - King Edward VI Community College
"We've struggled to grow and retain new skill. The apprenticeship programme has allowed us to attract young, local talent with an eagerness to learn. Within 5 years we expect our skill level to have developed to a world class fastener manufacturer throughout."Chris Wilson QESH Manager, AF Fasteners
"The Level 3 program has taught me how to balance work on top of education, and I now feel confident to study at Degree level. The experience I have gained at Waters has made me grow as a professional. Without all of this I would not be able to take the next step into a Level 6 apprenticeship. "Alexandra Lee Laboratory Technician Apprentice - Waters Corporation
"The apprenticeship scheme really made the difference between success and failure for Balfour Beatty. We knew we needed more Materials Technicians coming through, and we had to plug that skills gap ourselves. Thanks to our partnership with Tiro, it’s gone significantly better than we expected. The quality of the apprentices has been very high, and we’ve achieved an excellent retention rate. We’ve been able to fast-track people into roles with significant responsibilities. We’d never have done that before after just 3 years in the job."
"The team at Tiro are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to apprenticeships, and they have a wealth of experience in our sectors. They quickly developed a bespoke programme to meet our business needs and adapted to using our own recruitment portal. By following their well-structured recruitment and selection process, they have found great candidates for us every time. And they’ve gone above and beyond to deliver excellent customer service throughout the process."Linda Matthews Learning and Development Manager
"Tiro pre-screened all of our candidates and made sure that every person we interviewed was of a really high calibre. The Tutors do a great job of supporting and encouraging our apprentices throughout their learning journey, and checking in frequently to make sure they are meeting our expectations. We are delighted with their support."Mariana Burrows Laboratory Manager / Polymer Applications Specialist
"Tiro truly is a wonderful company to work for. Tiro's culture and ways of working really does set them apart from other employers. The best part of being a Tiro employee is working alongside such positive, friendly, and supportive people. Every day I am excited to get stuck into my tasks, and make an impact by setting Tiro apprentices up for success. "Danielle Lea Exams & Admissions Officer