Siemens is opening the first ‘junior factory’ for apprentices, a ‘small factory within a factory’ run by a mixture of commercial and technical apprentices aged 16 to 21.
Based at the company’s facility in Congleton, the apprentices will take on key leadership roles and be responsible for the full breadth of the factory’s progress. The initiative will be open to all apprentices and graduates as part of Siemens’ plans to train young people not just in engineering but also in business management.
The junior factory will manufacture a sub-assembly for supply into production and the team will be responsible for sourcing and supply chain management, production of sub-assemblies, quality management, budgeting and transfer pricing alongside performance management.
A head of the junior factory has been appointed and the team has written a business case about how they see the factory working, which was presented to the senior management board earlier in the year. Initially the ‘junior factory’ will be responsible for the complete supply chain for assembly of fans for use within Siemens G120C drives and the team will have complete ownership for the value chain.
“This is a really innovative project, and the aims are very clear – let’s train up our young apprentices for the long-term challenges they will face in their careers while fostering a culture of innovation, autonomy and crucially – entrepreneurship,” said Roland Aurich, ceo of Siemens UK and Ireland.
“We need to make a bold statement in Siemens and across industry – be an engineering apprentice and you can go from the shop floor to the top floor and schemes like this help young people understand how an engineering apprenticeship can lead to a rewarding career,” he added.