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Marshall marks 100 years of offering apprenticeships with launch of new centre

Marshall is marking 100 consecutive years of employing apprentices by launching a new centre dedicated to training the next generation of them.

Marshall Centre has been launched to expand the apprenticeship offering (28281642)
Marshall Centre has been launched to expand the apprenticeship offering (28281642)

Some 20,000 people have been given the skills to succeed in the engineering or automotive sectors since the Cambridge company began offering apprenticeships a century ago.

Its new Marshall Centre, announced during Apprenticeship Week, will extend the range of courses on offer to include degrees, professional management training and education, along with accredited qualifications within aviation and other industries.

And Marshall has just been granted ‘main provider’ status, meaning it can now draw on external organisations’ apprenticeship levy for the first time and help deliver apprentices for other businesses.

“Apprentices are the future of our business,” Dan Edwards, general manager of the Marshall Centre, told the Cambridge Independent.

“They provide the business with new talent, new ways of working, new perspectives and challenges and have played a fundamental role in getting the business to where it is today.

“We have seen apprentices rise through the ranks to operations director, chief engineer, head of operations to name a few within the business, while some have had fantastic careers in business all over the world.”

Each year, the Cambridge company hosts its business apprentice awards.

And last year, former Marshall Aerospace and Defence apprentice Haydn Jakes beat competition from across the globe to win gold at the World Skills Championships in Russia.

“Over the past few years the business has also launched project management and business apprentice schemes, which we hope over the next 10 years to be as successful as our engineering apprentice schemes,” added Dan. “Within Marshall, the 2020 intake of apprentices will also be the highest for many years, showing the continued commitment the business has to its apprentice scheme.”

Marshall Centre will continue to offer the company’s four-year apprenticeships in aerospace engineering and administration, along with EASA-approved courses and other regulatory training for civil and military organisations.

Kathy Jenkins, chief operating officer of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd, added: “We are incredibly proud to have had a continuous annual intake of apprentices here at Marshall for 100 years now. With the launch of the Marshall Centre we will be able to build on the legacy we have created over the past 100 years and ensure we continue to provide more world-class learning opportunities than ever.”

Dan added: “The Marshall apprenticeship scheme is renowned throughout the industry and places are always hotly contested by young people around the country. 2020 looks like being no exception as applications have been flooding in.

“At the same time we are getting lots of interest from businesses keen to make the most efficient use of the apprenticeship levy that they have already paid through our range of professional and business training courses.”

The Marshall Group comprises Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Marshall Group Properties and Marshall Ventures, which holds the group’s 65 per cent majority shareholding in Marshall Motor Holdings plc, as well as Marshall Fleet Solutions and the company’s investment arm, Martlet Capital.

Anew website detailing the range of engineering, aviation and business management apprenticeships available can be found at marshallcentre.com.

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