To kick off National Apprenticeship Week, Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) has opened its search for the latest round of talented applicants to join its Higher Apprenticeship scheme.
The Pencoed-based facility, which produces HD and 4K broadcast equipment for worldwide distribution, is launching the scheme for the ninth consecutive year on February 8th.
The industry-leading scheme is coordinated by the company’s onsite academy and will enable its participants to gain invaluable work experience at one of the world’s leading manufacturing sites, while they also work to gain a Higher Apprenticeship Qualification such as HNC/HND or degree qualifications.
This year, the apprentice recruitment process has been adapted by the manufacturing giant to adhere to strict health and safety and social distancing measures amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with many of the activities such as interviews taking place online to minimise face-to-face contact.
Sony UK Tec is looking for budding Software, Quality and Compliance, Mechanical, and Electronic Engineers, along with positions in Business Admin, Finance, and Supply Chain in 2021 (4-year scheme). As part of the apprenticeship, successful applicants will have the opportunity to work across a diverse range of departments, to enable them to decide where their interests and skills are best suited.
During the scheme, apprentices will be exposed to the production of high end 4k broadcast cameras, innovative products such as the Raspberry Pi and Smart IoT. The advancement in technologies such as big data, AI connected systems, advanced robotics and cutting edge automation.
So far over 32 apprentices have taken part in the successful internal scheme since its inception, with all participants praising its diverse offering.
Kevin Edwards, General Manager for Engineering, said: “Apprenticeship programs are an essential commitment for an organisation dependent upon technology and knowledge.
“Our enthusiastic approach to delivering our apprenticeship scheme provides future specialists across a variety of disciplines.
“We leverage the advantage of mixing high level academic courses with working alongside our innovative and highly skilled team at Pencoed.
“We are particularly proud of our role in developing both specialists and leaders for our next generation supporting our ever-diversifying operation.
“It’s an amazing time to be part of the Sony family, the ability to adapt, to innovate and to embrace new technologies has never been so prominent given the challenges that we have faced over the past year. This is testimony to the agile, highly skilled and committed workforce that we have at Sony Pencoed, a workforce which we will continue to invest in, to develop and build upon these attributes.
“The Apprenticeship scheme at Sony is an integral part in supporting this, developing future talent, inspiring future leaders and specialists to explore and push the boundaries of the many exciting technological opportunities that lay ahead.”
To apply for a place in the Sony UK TEC Apprenticeship scheme applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs, including a B or above in Maths, and Cs or above in Science and English.
Applications close at midnight on Sunday 21st February, with assessments due to take place throughout March and April.