Precision engineering company, JJ Churchill, completed its annual placement programme in July after a year of post-pandemic recovery and business growth.
The programme began several years ago and has brought in four students to bring fresh ideas into the business.
The company provides work experience for many locals and placement students by applying best practice to their task and duties. A main goal for the company is to continue its sustainable growth by continuing the annual placement programme and building its future workforce.
Sarah Gregory, head of HR at JJ Churchill, commented: “We are committed to the recruitment interns every year as this gives us the opportunity to support the development of young people as they take their first steps into the world of work.”
“The benefits to us are multi-faceted but include the ability to apply fresh eyes to our organisation, generate new ideas, and the ability to deliver tangible results into the business from short term targeted project work.
“Our interns are always welcomed into our organisation by our team and with a strong induction are able to hit the ground running very quickly. There is a richness and depth that we gain from our internship programme that enhances our culture”.
Callum Inman has been completing an internship at JJ Churchill whilst studying engineering science at Oxford University. He said: “It has been an opportunity to explore practical rather than theoretical challenges and experience real engineering problems in a friendly environment. The time I’ve spent with JJ Churchill has been rewarding, it has allowed me to learn manufacturing and business operations first-hand.
“My studies at Oxford are exposing me to the theoretical foundations of engineering. At JJC, placement students can see, in action, innovative engineering and collaborative problem-solving. The volume of practical knowledge and skills learned here over the course of eight weeks cannot be taught in a lecture theatre. I have taken a large step in pursuing a potential career in aerospace or precision engineering and perhaps becoming a chartered engineer.”
JJ Churchill has also provided apprenticeships through its mechanical advanced training plan for over 80 years. This four-year apprenticeship includes the options to proceed onto a progressive course such as a ‘Technical Support NVQ Level 3, HND’ qualification or a degree.