Apprentices chart future with Dorset firm Atlas Elektronik UK

Employment & Skills | South West
World at their feet – the new intake of apprentices at Atlas Elektronik UK at Dorset Innovation Park in Winfrith, South Dorset

A new intake of early careers professionals put the foundations in place for their future careers with a teambuilding day at South Dorset firm, Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK).

The 17-strong group tackled a series of challenges as part of their induction with the world-leading defence business on the Dorset Innovation Park at Winfrith.

AEUK welcomed the new employees as part of its latest intake of early careers professionals for 2018.

With a 400-strong workforce at Winfrith, AEUK specialises in innovative maritime technology and systems, including sonars, mine countermeasures, combat systems, underwater communications, hydro acoustics and maritime security.

Russell Warren, HR director of AEUK, said: “As AEUK continues to grow at Winfrith we’re recruiting increasing numbers of talented young employees, including many from the local area. The teambuilding day gave this year’s intake the chance to get to know each other and settle in at AEUK. Our focus is on developing our people to help the company grow and give them the opportunity to progress their careers with us.”

The group was split into teams to tackle the ‘AEUK Maritime Mission’. This included designing their own brand and team name; creating a structurally sound bridge out of spaghetti, marshmallows and sweets; building model boats out of Plasticine; raising an alarm and fixing the electricity on a circuit board; and a final race to the finish line with question time.

Local apprentice Jamie said: “It was a very enjoyable and constructive day. It’s great that we have a company such as AEUK on our doorstep and I’m looking forward to learning new skills and progressing my career.”

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