A thriving engineering business is fine tuning the art of staff development as it takes on apprentices.
Clifton Engineering, which is based in Coopies Lane Industrial Estate in Morpeth, has created four apprentice engineering posts.
The family firm has been able to offer the positions after securing funding from Northumberland development company Arch, through its Business Growth Programme.
Two apprentices, Aaran Carey, 18, and Tom Davison, 19, have already started their new jobs, while Nathan Hall, 20 and Brad Robson, 16, are set to start in September.
Clifton Engineering Managing Director Andrew Pearson said: “Without the Arch funding, we wouldn’t have taken on four people.
“The funding is the first level of support we have applied for and it is such a benefit.
“We train our apprentices to the very highest level, with the aim of them working for us in the long-term.
“We still have members of staff with us who joined the business when we were set up over 20 years ago.
“This continuity is what gives us our exceptional quality standards, the real secret of our success.”
The business, which employs 35 people, specialises in precision-machined components for a wide range of sectors, including power generation, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, motor sport and food and beverage.
As well as metal parts, it also moulds polyurethane and has a full order book, exporting to the United States, Canada and Germany.
It has worked with King Edward VI School in Morpeth to encourage students to apply to the business, and last year it won the Apprentice Ambassador Award at the Northumberland Business Awards.