Photo caption: Powerstar apprentices Ross Connerton and Jamie Atkinson with Lee Hudson, operations director of Powerstar.
Powerstar, the market leading energy storage and voltage optimisation brand has launched a new apprentice scheme at the company’s head quarters and manufacturing site in Sheffield.
The move by Powerstar is the latest by the company in helping support economic growth within South Yorkshire. In September, Powerstar in conjunction with Sheffield (LEP) Local Enterprise Partner invited nine potential candidates who were shortlisted from their final GCSE results to Powerstar HQ, where they would undertake a series of both practical and theory tests to assess their skills and potential. Ross Connerton and Jamie Atkinson were selected as outstanding candidates from the group and were formally offered an apprenticeship with Powerstar.
Jamie and Ross will now undergo a comprehensive training program supported by Sheffield College and senior technicians at Powerstar, who have in excess of 200 years experience in manufacturing electrical systems and assembling energy storage solutions for a variety of clients across the country.
Dr. Alex Mardapittas, managing director of Powerstar commented, “I’m delighted to welcome both Ross and Jamie to Powerstar. I’m looking forward to them becoming an integral part of the highly trained and skilled team we have at our disposal.
“It’s also good to see that our team is growing in parallel with us expanding our product range and the solutions we offer to customers. Later this year we will be unveiling our latest innovation, VIRTUE EV, which gives users access to a rapid charge source for their electric vehicles, from our integrated energy storage unit.”
Lee Hudson, operations director of Powerstar added, “Apprenticeship schemes are the perfect way for young people to learn and are a real alternative to the higher education system. We are committed to investing in the next generation of our workforce and going forward we are looking to hold annual events in order to assess and employ apprentices.”
“With an ageing workforce it is critical we invest in young people and train the next generation in order to assist the future growth and progression of our business.”
The hiring of the two apprentices is just the start in the company’s investment in talent and the future of its workforce. Powerstar plans to make the apprentice assessment day, which the two new apprentices were invited to, interviewed and selected from, an annual event.