As another new year begins to leave its mark on the world, January is the perfect time to sit back, reflect on the past year's achievements, and look forward to the exciting things to come.

For global engineering company Renishaw, 2024 not only brings new opportunities for people wanting to step into the world of engineering but also an exciting new chapter for the company itself.

Across the Gloucestershire and South Wales sites, applications are now open for 64 apprenticeship roles. With the chance to gain nationally-recognised qualifications up to degree level, Renishaw apprentices can enjoy a varied programme with on-the-job experience.

Thanks to the company's collaboration with regional universities, a wide range of schemes are on offer, with opportunities to join at different educational levels. Starting with Level 2 apprenticeships (post-GCSE) through to Level 6 degree apprenticeships (post-A Level), there are roles available across different disciplines including IT, general manufacturing and engineering, software engineering, embedded electronics and plant maintenance.

Renishaw apprentices will also benefit from a competitive salary and benefits package and the opportunity to gain insight from industry-leading specialists, whilst working on real-life projects and products. Based on business needs and performance, apprentices who start on Level 3 or 4 schemes may also be able to progress to degree-level studies, allowing them to graduate with no student debt.

Award-winning engineering apprentice Ruqayyah Girach
Award-winning engineering apprentice Ruqayyah Girach

Renishaw aims to give all its apprentices a range of opportunities to progress within the world of measuring and manufacturing systems. One person who has taken advantage of the range of these opportunities is engineering apprentice Ruqayyah Girach.

After receiving the Apprenticeship Contribution, Apprentices' Apprentice of the Year, Best Dual Skilled Apprentice and Best Overall Fitter at the Gloucestershire Engineering Training Awards 2023, Ruqayyah is an excellent example of what Renishaw apprentices can achieve.

Speaking about her journey into engineering and how she has been able to progress at Renishaw, Ruqayyah said: "Ever since I was young, I have always enjoyed being creative and hands-on. Seeing that there was a pathway in which I could make a living out of, really appealed to me as I would be able to do what I love every day.

"Renishaw has provided so much support for me, pushing me in the direction of where my interests lie. The team sees what I'm excelling in first-hand and then places me in the departments where I can show off my skills.

"They are encouraging me to showcase myself in different ways like standing up and giving talks, participating in interviews, and taking part in external activities. I am also currently undertaking several six-month placements in different departments on different sites which has given me the opportunity to truly get a feel of the job while helping me to find the ideal permanent role."

Apprenticeship applications at Renishaw are open until the end of National Apprenticeship Week - February 12, 2024.

Celebrating 50 years of engineering innovation

There are 64 apprenticeship roles up for grabs across a range of disciplines
There are 64 apprenticeship roles up for grabs across a range of disciplines

Founded on April 4, 1973, this past year also saw Renishaw celebrate its 50th anniversary. Marking the significant milestone in style, the engineering company celebrated with a year of global activities including open house events at its largest sites, family days for employees, and a ‘50 at 50’ charity initiative which saw £150,000 donated to 50 not-for-profit organisations in the 36 countries where it has offices.

Hoping to continue engineering excellence for another 50 years and beyond, Renishaw is also focused on ensuring the continuing success of the business through investments in people, product development and production capacity, all underpinned by a commitment to be a more sustainable organisation.

Committed to the manufacturing of its own products since its formation, in summer 2022, the company announced a significant new investment at its Miskin site in South Wales, to increase manufacturing capacity and to help meet its net zero emissions targets.

An investment of around £65 million will see a phased development of 555,000 sq ft of additional low-carbon buildings, allowing the creation of two new production halls and an employee welfare facility. Existing production halls will also be refurbished under the investment, to allow the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The additional capacity will also allow for increases in machining operations and the assembly of products already built at the site, including Renishaw’s metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) machines.

An exciting future ahead

The Hope-Lotus track bike made its debut at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships
The Hope-Lotus track bike made its debut at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships

As well as the £65 million investment in its South Wales site and the recruitment of more skilled apprentices, Renishaw has a range of exciting things planned for 2024.

As part of its continuing partnership with the Great Britain Cycling Team, Renishaw has collaborated with British Cycling and other partners to develop a new version of the Hope-Lotus track bike.

The new bike made its debut at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow in August and will be ridden by Great Britain’s track cyclists competing at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

By using in-house additive manufacturing (AM) experts at its Gloucestershire site, Renishaw has supported the development of the new track bike and has assisted in the prototype testing process, as well as the production of crucial 3D-printed metal components.

Also to look forward to in 2024, is the 37th Americas Cup, in which Renishaw has renewed its partnership with British sailing team INEOS Britannia.

As an official technical supplier, Renishaw will provide additive manufacturing and position measurement expertise for INEOS Britannia as it attempts to become the first British team to win the Americas Cup in its 172-year history.

Supplying products and expertise in position measurement, manufacturing process control and Raman spectroscopy, Renishaw will also supply additive manufacturing support to optimise the design and manufacture of bespoke lightweight structural components for the boat.

To find out more about the exciting projects the engineering company has lined up, and to apply for the 2024 apprenticeship places, visit the Renishaw website here.