An Alcester manufacturing company which is continuing to go strength to strength and investing heavily in its operation, was praised for its vision and foresight by local MP Nadhim Zahawi when he visited its headquarters to see at first hand the opportunities being offered to young people.

The Conservative politician heard that the company, which exports all over the world, is looking to launch an exciting new apprenticeship scheme as well as recruit more engineers to join its dedicated installation, repair and maintenance teams in the UK.

The expansion comes as the company enjoys a growing order book in the UK from bus and commercial fleet operators, as well as buoyant sales abroad, especially from the Far East, Middle East, India and Australia.

Mr. Zahawi toured the factory with Chairman Harvey Alexander, Director Andy Barracliffe and Marketing Manager Simon Tipple who explained the operation and its role not just within the UK, but global vehicle cleaning marketplace.  He also had the opportunity of meeting two of the company’s apprentices already in post.

He also witnessed at first hand the unique skill sets required in both the design office and on the shop floor and described Smith Brothers and Webb as a niche business and one which would provide a fantastic foundation for young people wishing to pursue a career in engineering.

Mr. Zahawi said: “Stratford on Avon has a thriving business community and Smith Brothers and Webb sit alongside the best we have to offer; they’re a real jewel in the crown.  It is fantastic to have this outstanding business on our doorstep, making a real impact across the world.

“The opportunities that Smith Brothers & Webb have to offer school leavers in the local area are really impressive.  It’s great to see innovative businesses offering valuable apprenticeship programmes like this in my constituency, and I look forward to young people seizing this chance to pursue a rewarding career in engineering."
Smith Brothers & Webb is offering engineering, sales and marketing apprenticeships which will be based at the company’s headquarters and factory at Alcester, Warwickshire, where all of its Britannia brand of washing systems are both designed and manufactured.

Andy Barracliffe, Director of Britannia Washing Systems, said: “We see plenty of opportunities for further expansion and in order to secure a pool of suitable skills for the years ahead we are launching an apprenticeship scheme that will open up rewarding careers in engineering to young people.

“We want to grow local talent to protect and preserve the proud culture of innovation and engineering excellence in the Midlands, UK, which Smith Brothers & Webb has been contributing to for the past 70 years.”

Mr. Zahawi continued:  “As a government we continue to remain committed to having 3 million apprenticeships in place by 2020 and to achieve this target it is vital that both corporates and SME’s come forward to support this initiative.

“It is therefore particularly pleasing to see companies such as Smith Brothers & Webb recognising the importance of apprenticeships to protect the all-important skill sets which have led to the company’s success.”
Smith Brothers & Webb, is renowned its Britannia brand of automated washing machines for trains, trams, buses, commercial and public service vehicles and the expansion of its workforce is testimony to the success of the business.
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