11 August 2022
Family business extends opportunity
LINCOLNSHIRE-based vegetable equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering has increased its apprentice recruitment campaign for 2022, with a variety of training opportunities available at the company’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in Spilsby.
With five apprenticeship places available in areas including fabrication, machining, fitting and electrics, Tong’s established apprenticeship scheme offers anyone aged 16 or over the opportunity to develop a skill whilst working on-the-job within a growing manufacturing business.
“We are proud of our established apprenticeship scheme and are very pleased that over 10% of our current workforce started with the company as an apprentice, including team leaders, managers and even directors,” says Jim Worley, Factory Manager at Tong Engineering. “In line with business expansion and increased production capacity brought by our new facility, the Tong 2022 apprentice scheme includes more positions than ever before. We are excited to recruit a number of enthusiastic apprentices who will work alongside our experienced engineers to develop their own skills with the opportunity of permanent job positions once training is complete.”
From the apprenticeship roles on offer, new recruits have the option to select an area of speciality that best suits their career aspirations and personal skill set, all of which are supported by a customised training programme.
April Armsby, now a full-time welder and fabricator at Tong Engineering, joined Tong’s apprenticeship scheme in 2019 after completing a full-time course at Lincoln college doing welding and fabrication. After a week’s work experience with Tong, April realised she really enjoyed the practical work and enrolled on the Tong apprenticeship scheme. “My apprenticeship started with 4 days working in the Tong factory, plus 1 day in college per week. From my first apprenticeship trial day, I loved it and I’ve never looked back since! The apprenticeship way meant I could experience the work and being part of a team, whilst learning the technicalities behind the engineering at the same. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering a phased way to enter long-term employment. My qualifications include an NVQ and a diploma in welding and fabrication.”
MD Edward Tong said the family business was keen to encourage young people and new talent to get into engineering.