Skills for Life!

Skills for Life


This week marks the 17th National Apprenticeship Week (5th – 11th Feb). The week-long celebration brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

As a company, we’ve always been committed to investing in young people and believe in the value of apprenticeships. Mike Young, Evan Biggin and Laurence Ward are testament to this and have all gone on to become highly valued members of the Atlantic team.

Freddie Smart and Joseph Cook are two of our latest recruits. Here they talk about apprenticeships and their time with Atlantic Pumps

'I’ve enjoyed my time working at Atlantic pumps so far,' said Freddie (pictured, top) who joined Atlantic in October and will be beginning at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre (AMRC) this spring.

'I’ve liked doing a variety of different jobs that require different skills. I’ve also enjoyed working with new people and getting on with everyone.

'I think that apprenticeships are a great option because you can learn the job hands on as well as learning in the classroom whilst getting paid. An apprenticeship also means you can learn what it’s like to work for the first time after leaving school.

'The best part about engineering is finding and fixing problems because it requires lots of different skills.

'In the future I hope to have learnt many new skills at college and at work that will help me with my career.' 


Apprentice Joe Cook

Joseph Cook (above) started with us in September 2022 and is around 16 months into his apprenticeship as a Fitter, spending one day a week at the AMRC and the remaining four at Carrwood Road.

'I have found working at Atlantic Pumps to be an excellent experience which is giving me the required experience to fulfil my job role as well as possible.

'In my opinion, apprenticeships are a valuable experience for anyone looking to enter the world of work with a head start and the knowledge to do well in their chosen role.

'I find that engineering is a good career as it is always interesting and there is always something different to fix, it is also helpful outside of work as it teaches you the knowledge to fix things yourself which is always nice to have.

'I hope that in the near future I will pass my apprenticeship and earn the relevant qualifications as well as going on to learn more from other courses that would help fulfil my job role to the best of my abilities.' 

Want to follow in their footsteps and become an engineer?

Atlantic Pumps work closely with the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre. The training centre is a real-world manufacturing environment. Apprentices gain hands-on experience of equipment that is used in the industry every day, from advanced fixe-axis machine tools to virtual reality welding machines and even robotics. In addition, they offer high-quality and high-level Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and training for those wanting to progress their career in engineering sectors.

The AMRC are currently accepting applications for both March and September 2024. For full details and to apply, please see here.

This year we’ll be looking to add to our Operations team at our Carrwood Road premises. To ensure you don’t miss out on the latest apprenticeship opportunities, please follow us on LinkedIn.