One of Yorkshire’s fastest growing manufacturers is helping to bridge the skills gap by helping to inspire 1500 young people to consider a career in UK manufacturing.
Lambert, a leading provider of high-value automation systems, equipment engineering and precision components, reached the milestone figure recently after opening the doors of its Tadcaster factory to showcase life as a modern-day engineer.
More than 200 primary and secondary school pupils and college and university students descended on the firm’s Tadcaster site and were given a taste of bionics, augmented reality, robotics and the virtual cave thanks to AMRC’s specialist MANTRA exhibition.
The ‘Future of Engineering’ event, which was backed by partners Balluff, Bosch, Cognex, EEF, Festo, Medasil, MPM Composites, Rockwell Automation and Siemens, was held as part of the inaugural Leeds Manufacturing Festival.
Visitors were also able to experience augmented reality, robotic football and test their skills on a digital foosball table, one of the Lambert apprentice projects.
“We have just recorded our best ever year, up 20% on the same period in 2017,” explained Warren Limbert, managing director of Lambert.
“Consumer confidence in capital investment across food and beverage, confectionary, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and medical is buoyant and that is good news for our business with a 5-year plan in place to achieve double digit growth year-on-year.”
He continued: “However, to deliver the high-quality production equipment we are renown for, we need to continue to attract the best talent and develop our own engineers and application specialists.
“The ‘Future of Engineering’ event is a fantastic way of achieving this by showcasing the Lambert brand in line with the wide array of amazing technologies that will drive manufacturing forward in the future.
“We currently employ eight apprentices and will be looking to recruit a further four over the course of the next twelve months.”
Employing 170 people across its Station Estate facility, Lambert is one of Tadcaster’s largest employers and a strong supporter of building links between industry and academia.
It currently works with more than a dozen educational establishments, including Read School, Selby High, Sherburn High, Riverside, Tadcaster Grammar, Selby College, York College, Leeds University and Sheffield University.
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