Wortley company leads by example with apprenticeship programme

wortley Apprentice Jamie Baxendale

Wortley-based vehicle engineering business SM UK is to expand its apprenticeship programme to support the firm’s national growth plans.

The Royds Hall Road firm took on its first apprentices in 2014 and has since created ten apprenticeship roles, all of whom have remained with the business.

With the launch last year of a new 10,000 sq ft vehicle conversion centre, and plans to open a further centre in the Midlands later this year, the business intends to recruit a further two apprentices in the coming months.

SM UK, which was started by founder Steve MacDonald from his garden shed in 2000, has grown to employ more than 50 people in Leeds and across the UK.

SM UK managing director Steve MacDonald said:

“We recruited our first apprentices five years ago now and it’s a testament to their commitment to the business, as well as our determination to create a really positive environment for all our staff, that these guys are all still working with us, now as full-time auto electrical engineers.”

Jamie Baxendale, who started at SM UK as an apprentice in 2017 and is now a fully qualified auto engineer, said:

“As an apprentice I was able to gain hands-on experience from day one, which quickly helped me to progress and become familiar with what goes on at SM UK. It also fed into the college studies I was doing alongside my work. The apprenticeship was a fantastic way to start out on my career in auto engineering.”


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