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adi set to inspire the next generation of engineers at Midlands expo


A Birmingham-headquartered engineering business is backing new roles in manufacturing at an innovative regional expo.

And the concerted push comes at a time when young careers have been thrust into the limelight amidst the pandemic.

The multi-disciplined adi Group is challenging the notion that getting on the skills ladder is impossible, by taking its place at the Made Futures Virtual Expo on 22 March.

Both exhibiting and speaking at the event, the firm, which operates a workforce of over 700 members nationwide, will reveal more on its innovative pre-apprenticeship scheme, alongside the exciting career opportunities that await those in the industry.

“We’re delighted to join the Made in the Midlands events circuit,” said event speaker and adi Group strategic account director, James Sopwith.

“This virtual networking opportunity can be a lifeline to those grappling with lost hours of education or feelings of employment uncertainty.

“At adi, we have continued to promote youth skills development at a time when many businesses have pulled the rug from under young people, discontinuing apprenticeship courses amidst pandemic uncertainty.

“What we have done is deliver two innovative programmes, aimed at both 14-16 year olds and above, entirely self-funded and carried out in a safe manner, when youngsters need it the most.”

The adi Group operates as a vital cog in the manufacturing support network, delivering specialist services across every major market sector including automotive, food and beverage and biosciences.

It’s apprenticeship schemes – the apprenticeship academy and the pre-apprentice programme – give youngsters not only a core grounding in engineering, but also a fascinating glimpse into working with some of the world’s leading brands.

Indicative of this is its multi-million-pound contract with renowned tinned foods producer Princes, in which adi was contracted to help expand its Long Sutton site in the Midlands by nearly 200,000 sq. ft.

“This project really exemplifies what adi is all about,” added James.

“Cross-collaboration of both engineering and construction disciplines, with one of the UK’s biggest food and drink brands.”

“For aspiring young people and more, we’re dispelling the notion that engineering is an oily and greasy trade.

“Instead it’s about planning, precision and improvement that offers highly skilled, highly paid and highly rewarding careers.

“I’m looking forward to sharing this and more at the Made Futures Expo.”

Joining James will be representatives from South City College, robotic specialists and more as the region looks to hear from experts in the engineering and manufacturing field.

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