Last year we developed a relationship with Optimec Metrology to help them develop their next generation of engineering talent.
We caught up with them to see how their apprentice James is making a difference. Here’s their story…

“Optimec Metrology was incorporated in June 2020 following acquisition of Optimec Limited product assets which the owner offered for sale due to retirement. We design, manufacture, supply, service, repair and maintain contact lens measuring and inspection equipment in Malvern, Worcestershire. Cathy Leach (Sales Director) and Kerry Blandford (Financial Director) are proud to promote British manufacturing in a global market, with 80% of our revenue being raised from worldwide exports to over 35 countries.

We are dedicated to maintaining our excellent international reputation for quality and precision which spans over forty years. Our dedicated and specialist team of Engineers constantly review our products and procedures to identify product quality improvements, productivity increases and cost reductions, so progressing to the next generation of our brand. To aid this, we chose to employ an Apprentice to become trained in new manufacturing techniques and tooling skills that may be beneficial to us.

The exciting Apprenticeship opportunity available was apparent to Midland Group Training Services due to our industry specialism and the diversity of the role combining classic engineering techniques with skilful CNC component machining. They identified that we required a motivated and capable person with an eye for detail to become part of our friendly, skilled team.

James Hyett was successful with his Apprenticeship application and has proved to be an asset and valued part of the Optimec Metrology team since September 2021. He is conscientious, punctual, keen, willing to learn, takes his time to ensure accuracy, questions output quality and responds positively ensuring that our exacting standards are met. He receives practical training at MGTS, Redditch four days a week and one day on site training a week.

We continue to closely review James’ development with MGTS and are hopeful that he will successfully complete his four-year apprenticeship resulting in Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering qualification. Once qualified, Optimec Metrology aim to offer James a permanent role incorporating the skills learned throughout his progression from Apprentice to employee.

With the invaluable and continued support from the MGTS team, our Apprenticeship experience has been positive and enjoyable throughout. We would encourage other companies to invest in an Apprentice and we will be looking to complete the process again within the next two years.”

Pictured: James, Cathy, Kerry