The Caunton Academy


The Caunton Academy was established in 2004 to address the industry's skills shortage. From inception, the academy proved to be highly successful and led to its being recognised as an accredited Training Centre from August 2008 by the UK's leading awarding body for National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ's) – EAL. On gaining this recognition, the Caunton Academy trained its own apprentices in conjunction with the EEF.

The Academy was renovated in 2009, to provide a more stimulating environment. The Academy now comprises both a manufacturing workshop and a classroom with individual computer stations employing state of the art 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.

Managers view apprentices as essential to maintaining a skilled workforce and as a result, the Caunton Academy annually recruit 5 apprentices.

In September 2017, the Academy gained Employer Provider status enabling us to take full responsibility for all aspects of our apprentices’ training.

The September 2019 intake of apprentices are working towards the level 3 metal fabricator standard.

Apprentice Training

Apprentices are employed for the full duration of their studies, paid appropriately and benefit from well planned on and off the job training.

Our apprentices work a four-day week in the Academy and then spend a further day undertaking a Technical Certificate in the Academy classroom.

Successful apprentices have the opportunity to join a full fabrication team or move to developing more desk-based skills such as Estimating, Quantity Surveying, Structural Engineering and 3D modelling.

There is then no limit to further personal ambition and aspirations within Caunton Engineering. For example, three of our Board Directors joined as apprentices.

For further information on academy opportunities please contact our Human Resources Department.

Academy IT Training Room

Apprentice Training

The classroom is well-equipped with six computer stations in total. In addition there is a full projector system and interactive 'smart' board to heighten interactivity within the classroom.

Students are able to gather skills such as 3D-modelling and improved understanding of the process in producing technical drawings.

Many school-age students have also benefited from these facilities and continue to capitalise on this, through Caunton's continued support for the engineering diploma. The training room additionally provides a multi-functional classroom in which lessons on health & safety and project related work are tutored.

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