Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC) has launched new apprenticeship and graduate schemes at its site in Pencoed, Wales.
The company is seeking five apprentices, who at the end of a four-year programme will be qualified to a Higher National Certificate (HNC) Level 4.
During the programme, each apprentice will spend 12 months at Bridgend College where they will develop their technical knowledge, as well as other key skills such as teamwork and communication. The apprentices will then develop further specialist engineering skills and while working on-site.
Sony UKTEC will also be offering nine places for its new graduate programme. Graduate schemes will be available in various parts of the business, including software and electronic engineering.
Initially, the graduates will take part in a rotation programme across Sony UKTEC’s main areas of business: manufacturer of high-quality broadcast camera systems; customer service and repairs centre and third-party contract manufacturer.
Steve Dalton, managing director of Sony UKTEC, said: “Graduates will gain insight into the organisation’s lean manufacturing techniques and develop an understanding of all roles across the business from procurement, product assembly and product testing through to shipping and after sales support.
“This will enable individuals to develop a greater understanding of our complex and diverse business operations and support them in their chosen graduate programme.”
The graduate programme will last for three years. Each applicant will be fast-tracked to management level at the end of the programme.
Sony UKTEC will be providing each apprentice and graduate with a full time salary and will fund the student’s tuition fees, over the duration of the programme.
Dalton said: “As the cost of education continues to rise, it’s reallyimportant that talented and motivated individuals have opportunitieslike these available to them to pursue a career in engineering, manufacturing and business management.
“We have created these programmes to make this possible and to develop the next generation of Sony engineers, innovators and business leaders, who, I hope, will help shape the future of manufacturing in Wales.
“Our graduates and apprentices will have the benefit of developing their skills, education and business knowledge from a market leader like Sony. Furthermore, they will learn first hand about design, process innovation and lean manufacturing techniques from those who helped make Sony UKTEC, Britain’s Best Factory.”
Applications for the programmes, which start in September 2014, are open now and close on 15 June 2014. More information is available here.