The Engineering Trust

Apprentice Employer Open Evenings


Visit an Engineering Apprentice Employer

We have 7 fantastic Engineering Employers who will be opening their doors during National Apprenticeship Week 2024. This is a great opportunity to get an insight into the work they do, tour their facilities, meet us and find out more about the careers and apprenticeships on offer. 
Please see each individual section below for details and how to book.
Monday 5th February
  1. FMB - Oxford (OX2 0ES)
  2. Ercol - Princes Risborough (HP27 9PX)
Tuesday 6th February
  1. Norbar Torque Tools - Banbury (OX16 3JU)
  2. Advanced Fibreoptic Engineering - Carterton (OX18 3FX)
Wednesday 7th February
  1. Barrus - Bicester (OX26 4UR)
  2. Navtech Radar, Wantage (OX12 9FF)
Thursday 8th February
  1. Viridor - Ardley (OX27 7AA)

Monday 5th February 2024

FMB Oxford

Location: FMB Oxford Ltd. Units 1-4 Ferry Mills, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES.

Time Slots: From 6pm until 8pm

BOOk a free place here  

With over 30 years’ experience in the global synchrotron industry, FMB Oxford is a recognised leader in the design, manufacture and installation of Beamlines. 

Beamlines are high intensity X-ray imaging devices used in facilities around the world to help researchers answer a wide range of questions relating to biological, material, environmental and medical fields. Beamlines have allowed scientists to study a multitude of subjects, including COVID-19, cancer, composition of materials and efficiently sustainable products for everyday life. 

The FMB Oxford Apprenticeship Programme has been running successfully for over 15 years, with former apprentices progressing into more senior roles using the skills and knowledge they gained during their apprenticeship. If you’re interested in an engineering career, come along to hear more about FMB and their exciting opportunities. 

Want to make a difference in the scientific world? What you do today could make a difference to tomorrow.

ercol, Princes Risborough

Location: ercol Furniture Limited, Summerleys Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 9PX

Time Slots: From 6pm to 8pm

BOOk a free place here

Ercol Furniture is a family-owned company and market leaders in the manufacture of high-quality solid wood furniture based in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire operating from a large modern facility.

Their highly skilled workforce has always been their most valuable asset and for over a hundred years have remain committed to investing in the craftsmen and women of the future.

They have a fantastic history of training apprentices at all levels of their business and currently have learners in their machining, assembly, finishing and maintenance departments.

Visiting their factory during NAW24 will give you an insight into how their furniture is produced as well as information about the current and future career opportunities within the business.

Tuesday 6th February 2024

Norbar Torque Tools, Banbury

Location: Norbar Torque Tools, Wildmere Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 3JU

Time Slots: From 6pm until 7.10pm

BOOK a free place here

State-of-the-art factory facilities ensure they provide the very latest design, manufacturing and quality control technology to achieve the highest level of innovation and precision in the field of torque control equipment.

Norbar is a member of the Snap-on Incorporated family of companies and is proud to be part of a company which has beliefs, values and a vision closely aligned with those that Norbar was founded on.

They have a rich history of apprenticeships and have provided countless people with their first steps into an engineering career. They offer advanced 4 year electronic / mechanical apprenticeships, with a high quality of training, support, pay and benefits employing people with drive, enthusiasm and genuine interest in engineering.

AFE, Carterton

Location: Advanced Fibreoptic Engineering Ltd, Unit 3 Glebe Court, West Oxfordshire Business Park,
Carterton, Oxfordshire, OX18 3FX.

Time Slots: From 6pm until 8pm

BOOk a free place here

AFE was formed in 2005 and specialise in customised solutions to complex technology challenges, developed in partnership with their customers who come from sectors such as Aerospace, Defence and Power Networks. They draw on their rich fibre-optic history to design, assemble and align precision optical products and have developed the engineering expertise to design and manufacture larger integrated systems across the sectors they work in.

Their focus on people is a key element to their success. Alongside their engineering pedigree, strong customer and supplier relationships are at the heart of AFE with a commitment to recognising the value of their employees.

Wednesday 7th February 2024

Navtech Radar, Grove (Wantage)

Location: Navtech Radar, Unit 1A, Grove Business Park, Downsview, Wantage, OX12 9FF

Time Slots: From 6pm until 8pm

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A world-leading innovator, award-winning designer and manufacturer of commercially deployed radar solutions, Navtech Radar produce ground-breaking technology used by businesses across industry sectors, including Security Surveillance, Industrial Automation and Intelligent Transport Systems.

Founded in 1999 by Philip Avery and Dr Stephen Clark, Navtech started in the automation sector. It helped to implement the world’s first fully automated port running 24/7, 365 days in all weather conditions, where its sensors are still in use today. It now has more than 5000 radars deployed in over 50 countries which are all produced in its production facility in Grove, Wantage.

Navtech has been supporting engineering apprenticeships for a number of years, adding to the already extensive training and CPD it offers to new and existing staff

Barrus, Bicester

Location: E. P. Barrus Ltd, Glen Way, Launton Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 4UR

Time Slots: From 6pm until 8pm

BOOk a free place here

Barrus operates across three market sectors, Marine, Garden and Industrial/Off-Highway, representing leading global companies in the UK including Stanley Black & Decker, Mercury Marine, Yanmar and John Deere. Barrus is recognised worldwide as a leading custom-engine builder and innovator of proprietary technology; its application engineers and engine builders ensure the optimum engine specification is supplied to well known UK OEMs.

Dedicated to research and development, Barrus staff work as consultants to the MoD, the RNLI and other military and emergency services organisations supplying specialist engines and equipment. In recent years Barrus has introduced several low and zero emission marine propulsion options to the market. Barrus’ professional sales and technical after-sales teams provide back-up to a network of over 3,000 authorised dealers and retailers, providing high quality products and service to the end-user. 

Barrus is training multiple apprentices at level 3 and offers paid year-long work experience placements to students from local universities.

Thursday 8th February 2024

Viridor, Ardley (Bicester)

Location: Viridor, Ardley ERF, Middleton Stoney Road, Oxfordshire OX27 7AA

From 6pm until 8pm

BOOk a free place here

Viridor’s Vision is to be the UK’s leading innovator of resource recovery and recycling, transforming waste for a climate-positive future.
Energy Recovery Facilities are vital in supporting the UK’s ambition to reduce waste in an efficient and effective manner, helping to reduce the impact of waste on climate change. 

Viridor have invested over £1.2 billion in the development of a network of advanced energy recovery facilities across the UK. They process non-recyclable waste to create enough electricity to power the equivalent of c. 635,000 British homes. 

At Ardley, since the site became fully operational in 2014, the maintenance engineering apprenticeship programme has been very successful. This year they are recruiting for maintenance engineering apprentices to work on their advanced, highly technical energy recovery process.