Apprentice roles begin after successful STC Kickstart bid

Silverstone Technology Cluster

20th July 2021

The first businesses to recruit apprentices through the STC’s successful Kickstart Scheme application have spoken highly of the quality of their young new trainees.

Electric Assisted Vehicles Ltd (EAV) manufactures e-cargo bikes and focuses on other R&D projects to meet requirements of future transport solutions.

It has recruited 22-year-old Oliver Coulling-Green at its Heyford Park base in a Junior Build Technician role.

EAV Director Leigh Barmby said: “Joanne (Clement) at the STC has been liaising with us throughout, and our combined determination to get involved with Kickstart has been evident; her support has been outstanding.

“STC have helped assist us through the Kickstart process, managing relevant paperwork for us. As a result, we have found Oliver who we wouldn’t have found otherwise which adds to our output and capability as we expand in manufacturing and R&D.

“We need to recruit and, for 25 weeks a year, the Kickstarter salary really helps.

“The STC has made the whole process so clear and I can’t thank them enough. I see us keeping Oliver on after his six-month probation period.”

PUNCH Flybrid, which innovates in energy storage and hybrid flywheel technology, has used Kickstart to take on its first apprentice, 22-year-old Douglas Arthur, as a Generator Set Technician.

MD Tobias Knichel said: “Thanks to the Silverstone Technology Cluster, we now have another valued member of the PUNCH Flybrid team.”

“Recently making us aware of the Kickstart programme, which was a very simple process from start to finish, we were able to recruit a very keen and local technician.”

“Although Douglas has only been with us a short period of time, he has already learnt valuable skills and been able to offer off-site support, which we hope will progress him through to a career he wishes to pursue.”

In total, the STC’s Kickstart bid to the Department for Work & Pensions helped secure funding for 19 tech businesses in the region to recruit 30 young people as apprentices.

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Images: EAV Kickstart apprentice

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