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Apprenticeship programme shortlisted for prestigious award

Apprenticeship programme shortlisted for prestigious award

The training programme of additive manufacturing specialist Ricoh 3D has been shortlisted for a prestigious Midlands award.

Ricoh 3D – which is based in Telford and includes the Ricoh 3D operation  – is in contention for the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programme / Training Scheme category of the Made in Midlands Awards.

Ricoh’s Apprentice Academy is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and, in that time, has offered scores of career opportunities for staff.

Apprenticeship programmmes on offer at Ricoh – a global provider of technology aimed at transforming business processes and information management – are from Level Three through to degree-standard Level Six, and cover numerous aspects of the business including Engineering (Technical and Craft), Tool Making, Commercial IT, Business Development and Data Science. 

Mark Dickin, who now heads up the Ricoh 3D printing operation, is himself a former graduate of the Ricoh apprenticeship programme in 1999. Dickin said: “Everyone at Ricoh is delighted to be shortlisted for this award.

“The Apprentice Academy is a programme which we are all extremely proud of.

“Of the current workforce, I’m one of 35 people who has been an apprentice and gone on to remain with the company – and that’s in addition to the 18 apprentices we currently have. Developing the next generation of talent is something which is close to all of our hearts.”

Training for each apprentice is split between ‘on the job’ training across a variety of departments at Ricoh and educational programmes through centres including universities in York, Stafford, Aston and Shrewsbury College.

The other companies shortlisted alongside Ricoh for the award are JJ Churchill, In-Comm Training, Make UK, Envisage Group and WCG.

The winner will be announced at the awards night at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on Thursday, September 3rd. The event was due to be held in April but has been delayed due to Covid-19.

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