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New apprentices help Omega tool up for growth

A northeast-UK precision tooling and injection molding company is making efforts to secure its future workforce needs with the appointment of new engineering apprentices. The Omega Group, headquartered in Blyth with a molding facility, Omega Plastics, in Hartlepool, UK, has recruited 18-year-olds Luke McMorris and Justin Fairbum, and Dan Gray, 19, to its toolmaking team. They will be joined by Adam Cook, 20, and 18-year-old Jordan Dale, both of whom will be starting their production apprenticeships at the Omega Group's Washington, UK, site, Signal Plastic Components.

Clare Goldsberry

February 1, 2016

2 Min Read
New apprentices help Omega tool up for growth

A northeast-UK precision tooling and injection molding company is making efforts to secure its future workforce needs with the appointment of new engineering apprentices. The Omega Group, headquartered in Blyth with a molding facility, Omega Plastics, in Hartlepool, UK, has recruited 18-year-olds Luke McMorris and Justin Fairbum, and Dan Gray, 19, to its toolmaking team. They will be joined by Adam Cook, 20, and 18-year-old Jordan Dale, both of whom will be starting their production apprenticeships at the Omega Group's Washington, UK, site, Signal Plastic Components.

Meet the apprentices: Justin Fairbum (left), Luke McMorris, Dan Gray, Jordan Dale and Adam Cook.

Luke, Dan and Justin will continue their studies at Hartlepool and Northumberland colleges, respectively, during their three-year apprenticeship program, which will equip them with skills and grounding, as they develop careers as skilled precision toolmakers, said the Omega Group. Adam and Jordan, who have already studied at college, will complete their apprenticeships before pursuing careers in manufacturing as part of Signal Plastics.

Signal has 10 injection molding presses with robotic handling and conveyor systems.

Providing services and technical expertise to automotive, medical device, electronics, biotech and FMCG customers, the company has moved to secure new talent as part of its commitment to investing in improving its skills base.

Omega Group Managing Director Dave Crone said, "Luke, Dan, Justin, Jordan and Adam will gain important skills while they are with us, as well as bring new ideas, creativity and youthful enthusiasm to the workforce.

"Apprenticeships aren't just for the larger companies. They are a cost-effective way for smaller, highly specialized firms like us to train the workforce to a high standard and make the business more competitive."

Adam Cook commented: "I've always been a practical person and I'm good with my hands. I was looking to get a job that would allow me to learn a trade, and this fits the bill perfectly. Apprenticeships give you the chance to study for qualifications that are valued by employers—and you earn a wage at the same time. I really would recommend them to any young person who is not sure which career option to take."

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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