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Rotherham Apprentice for Magnomatics

posted 24 Aug 2015, 00:45 by RiDO Rotherham
Magnomatics, the internationally acclaimed developer of magnetic transmissions and ultra-compact motors based in Sheffield is continuing to invest in the local economy with the appointment of its first engineering apprentice, Owen Birks. 
Rotherham born Owen, who went to Rawmarsh Community School will start his formal training at the AMRC in September, after an initial few weeks with the team at Magnomatics.  

Magnomatics has been a strong supporter of Work-Wise, the Sheffield based charity promoting engineering and manufacturing careers for 14-16 year olds. Thanks to Work-Wise, Owen is no stranger to Magnomatics having first been introduced to the company through a Work-Wise placement in 2013 and a follow-on placement in 2014. 

The company continues to engage with young people through the Work-Wise scheme, increasing awareness and promoting engineering as an exciting and rewarding career.  

To date, the majority of jobs created at Magnomatics have been in the engineering design areas. This new appointment reflects the increased maturity of Magnomatics’ magnetic gear technology, which is now in serial production for the oil and gas market.  As commercial sales of the product grow, Magnomatics expects to further expand its manufacturing workforce.

With this in mind the company has also recently completed two further training placements for Ahmed Emerson Uyar and Josh Rushforth as part of their ongoing commitment to the Work-Wise scheme.

Dave Latimer, CEO commented, “We are delighted to see the progression of our business and especially the arrival of Owen as our first apprentice. We spotted Owen’s engineering potential through the Work-Wise scheme and since then we have followed his academic achievements with interest. It’s great seeing our work inspire the next generation of engineering talent rewarded with local young people pursuing engineering careers. For too long the exciting opportunities represented by careers in manufacturing and engineering have not been promoted well enough. That ‘s why we became involved with the Work-Wise scheme.” 

Magnomatics is currently engaged in a variety of markets, including hybrid and electric vehicles, renewables, marine propulsion, aerospace and oil & gas, sectors in which Mr. Latimer has significant experience.