Taking overall apprenticeship numbers to an adi record of 34, the new contingent will be developing skills in electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as accounts and business administration.

“We’re delighted to have taken on our latest apprenticeship contingent at adi,” said adi CEO Alan Lusty, a former apprentice himself. “As a business we have fully committed to youth skills development as an integral part of engineering our future. It’s why we built a platform that gives young people the insight and training into a highly rewarding career in our industry. This intake also marks a special moment in our business, as they boost our overall apprenticeship ranks to 34. We look forward to helping nurture their development.”

The business also recently commenced its fifth intake of 12 pre-apprentices. A number of its new full-time apprentices are graduates from this program.

Running concurrent to student’s education, the pre-apprentice scheme sees pupils spend one afternoon a week, across two years, at adi’s custom-built facilities, gaining core mechanical and electrical engineering skillsets, alongside their regular education.

Among this year’s apprentice intake is 16-year-old Bromsgrove teen Lewis Beaver, whose sister, Abbie, has accelerated her way through both of adi’s apprenticeship schemes to become a fully qualified mechanical engineer at the company.

Lewis’ sister was also named one of the top 50 female engineers in the country by the prestigious Women’s Engineering Society in 2019, providing an exciting challenge for him to follow:

“I’m really proud of what my sister has achieved,” said Lewis. “I know she found it really valuable to have gained experience whilst still in education, as she’s been able to decide on a career, when a lot of people our age struggle knowing what job they want to do in the future.

“Of course there’s a bit of expectation now, [undertaking the same apprenticeship as Abbie], but I know the [adi] mentors will help and guide me along the way, and I’m sure Abbie will give me a few tips too!”

Joining Lewis into the Apprentice Academy, following graduation from the pre-apprenticeship, will be Vijay Ramlal and Jordon Hodson-Walker (both 16), who will continue to learn the ropes of mechanical and electrical installation engineering respectively.

The two studied at North Bromsgrove High School, which has partnered with adi on its pre-apprentice scheme since 2016.

Four other new recruits join the ranks in Demi Greenhouse, Tyler Gall (both 17), Kieran Long (18) and Shane Nugent (19).