Lambert Engineering In a good position to target future engineers
Fast growing manufacturer Lambert in Yorkshire opened its doors to future engineers to take a peek in an effort to bridge the skills gap by inspiring young people to consider a career in the industry.
Provider of automation systems, engineering equipment and precision components, Lambert, recently had over 200 primary and secondary school pupils and college and university students at its Tadcaster factory to showcase to them life as a modern-day engineer. The attendees were given a taste of bionics, augmented reality, robotics and the virtual cave thanks to AMRC’s specialist Mantra exhibition.
Supported by partners Balluff, Bosch, Cognex, EEF, Festo, Medasil, MPM Composites, Rockwell Automation and Siemens, the Future Engineering event was held as part of the inaugural Leeds Manufacturing Festival.
Among the try-outs in augmented reality were robotic football and the testing of skills on a digital football table, which is one of Lambert's apprentice projects.
MD Warren Limbert noted: “We have just recorded our best year ever – up 20% over the same period in 2017.” He added that consumer confidence in capital investment across food and beverage, confectionary, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and medical is buoyant, which is good news for the company's business and also puts its 5-year plan in place to achieve a double-digit growth year-on-year. “To deliver the high-quality production equipment, we need to continue to attract the best talent and develop our own engineers and application specialists.”
The company currently works with more than a dozen educational establishments, including Read School, Selby High, Sherburn High, Riverside, Tadcaster Grammar, Selby College, York College, Leeds University and Sheffield University. It offers work experience placements, factory tours, open days and apprenticeship/graduate employment. With the latest event, Lambert has engaged over 1,500 young people over the last five years.