New Apprentice for Barrington Metals

06 February 2017

Bedlington-based Barrington Metals is the latest business to take on an AIS Connect apprentice.
Barrington Metals was formed by father and son, Gordon and Chris Robertson in 1984. The company is a complete one-stop engineering business and manufactures bespoke precision engineered assemblies and light/heavy weight fabrications for thousands of clients across the UK. As well as precision laser and waterjet, Barrington Metals boasts flame cutting facilities.
A shortage of skilled workers has seen the company taking on apprentices to train from the ground up and AIS Connect trainee Callum Sutherland is the latest recruit.
Chris Robertson said: “We visited AIS Connect to look around the facilities and were extremely impressed with what was on offer. The facilities are second-to-none and give the trainees exceptional training and experience. This really prepares them for the workplace and enables them to be productive from day one. We agreed to take AIS trainee, Callum Sutherland on an initial placement to see if he was the right fit for us and we were the right company for him. Right from the start we were really impressed with Callum. He is keen, well-mannered and fits in. The skills he’s learnt at AIS Connect have prepared him well - he’s got a great understanding of what’s needed.”

Rob Storey, Head of Education at AIS Connect, said: “We’re delighted to hear of Callum’s success. We have an extensive schools’ liaison programme and provide careers information advice and guidance (CIAG) to pupils to help them determine their future careers pathway. It was through this activity that Callum, and others started an AIS Connect traineeship after leaving St Benet Biscop which eventually led to them securing engineering apprenticeships and full-time jobs.”