We really value our apprentices at igus and we will continue to work with providers to increase our number of apprentices and vary the schemes we can offer. 4% of our workforce are now apprentices and we would like this number to increase in the future. We currently offer apprenticeships in engineering, finance, business administration and customer service. We will continue to develop our apprentices and in the future we hope to identify other areas of our business which would benefit from an apprenticeship.
Our apprentices enjoy working at igus because of our family feel and culture. We have many employees who stay at igus for a long time so they support our apprentices with a vast amount of knowledge and expertise. We have a balanced workforce which has a mixture of young and mature employees and the apprentices fit well into this environment. We offer a modern, clean, newly extended building as a workplace for apprentices, and as with everyone at igus, they also have breakfast, lunch, and snacks for free on site. igus has many social activities and team building events throughout the year which apprentices can attend.
We encourage our apprentices to be responsible for their own development, this fits with the self-management ethos at igus. Apprentices have a sponsor in our i-people department who supports them with their well-being and who acts as the link between the workplace and providers. We encourage providers to visit their apprentices on site often and we ask for regular feedback from both the apprentice and provider on how we can get the best results from all parties.
We currently have two apprentices who have made a real impact at igus. One of them has almost completed a higher level apprenticeship alongside a HNC in engineering and the other is taking his final exams for AAT level 3 and will then move onto level 4 AAT. The qualifications and experience that these two apprentices have obtained will no doubt play a huge role in the growth of igus. We are very excited about what the future holds with our apprentices and how their contribution will add value to the long term vision of igus.
We are still looking for innovative energy supply solutions for numerous applications, from handling energy and data safely on the arm of an industrial robot to an outdoor camera system that films high-speed track events without interruption and vibration.
“Even today, new and unusual applications are still being developed, often with fast speeds or complicated rotary movements,” says Justin Leonard, the-chain director, igus. “The competition also provides a unique opportunity for us to know the full capability of our products.”
The winners will be selected by an expert jury and the prize will be awarded at Hannover Fair 2018. The winners of the top prize will take home the golden vector trophy as well as 5,000 euros. The competition is open to anyone who has novel or challenging applications with energy chains, irrespective of what branch of industry they come from.
Apply online (www.igus.co.uk/vector) with your energy supply solution!
Deadline for entries is 23rd February 2018.
We will be displaying a vast range of products and systems for Subsea applications at this year’s Subsea Expo on the 7th – 9th February at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre. If you visit our stand (105) you will get to see our giant E4 energy chain that can withstand exposure to ice, storms, salt water, oil, and mud. It can bear heavy loads and features an easy to remove cross bar so cables and hoses can be added or replaced quickly. The E4.350 is also suitable for vertical applications, and can move nearly 15 m up and down guiding and protecting any heavy hydraulic hoses and cables.
Along with cable management systems, we will be showcasing drylin® W linear guide system, which is ideal for Subsea environments. Its available in 316 stainless steel, the guide system is corrosion resistant and can also withstand extreme temperatures as high as 250 degrees. Additional features include low noise and weight, as well as resistance to the ingress of dirt. It can be delivered pre-assembled for easy installation.
Throughout the show, our team will be available on stand 105 to take visitors through the benefits and potential applications of their bearing products and cable management systems. To arrange an appointment, please email Hannah Durrant: firstname.lastname@example.org and for further information, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/offshore or call igus directly on 01604 677240.
When founder Günter Blase first said: “show me your problem part and I’ll find you the right solution” this has become the motto of us ever since. With more than 3000 employees between our head office in Germany and 35 subsidiaries, and representative partners in more than 80 other countries, we certainly do have a global reach – giving customers the local service they deserve.
If you would like to find out more, watch the video below or call igus® directly on 01604 677240.
In this week’s video of the week, Artur Peplinski, vice president of igus® in Germany, takes us through some of the highlights of the 112 innovations and product range extensions presented during this year’s Motek show in Stuttgart.
Last week we formally opened our newly-expanded premises. Our engineering support facility has almost doubled in size from 672sqm to 1,000sqm with the creation of a new upper floor that accommodates our growing sales and technical team. Our expansion comes a year after we celebrated 25 years of igus® within the UK.
We would like to thank to Deputy Mayor Councilor Tony Ansell for cutting the ribbon and we would like to share some images from the day with you.