Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Hale Hamilton Celebrates Success of Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme

London-based Hale Hamilton (Valves) Ltd., part of the Circor International Group of companies, celebrated a success of its engineering apprenticeship scheme at DSEI 2013 in London. Every year, Hale Hamilton takes on at least three apprentices from schools close to their Uxbridge site, giving them a four-year work based training programme that provides an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and competence in mechanical engineering.
The Apprentice Challenge Awards are being presented by Rear Admiral Parker, Director (Carrier Strike), in recognition of the success of two teams of apprentices in rising to the challenge of designing and constructing a model warship and submarine, using only scrap materials from the factory, within a budget of £500 and within 200 hours. Each team chose a naval subject for their model as this is representative of one business sector in which Hale Hamilton operates. The models have been on display at DSEI 2013 on Hale Hamilton's stand in the Naval Zone.
“Our modern Apprenticeship in Engineering is absolutely crucial in attracting young people into our business. It helps to sustain our manufacturing and skills base and plays a key role in helping to improve and maintain core engineering skills in British industry”, said Bill Dormer, Sales Director and responsible for the defence business at Hale Hamilton.
To support the continued growth and success of the Apprentice Scheme for young engineers, Hale Hamilton has also launched a new dedicated Apprentice Training Centre at their facility in Uxbridge, making this one of the largest SME Engineering Apprenticeships in the UK.
Hale Hamilton is a leading provider of high-performance, high-pressure valves and valve systems for fluid and gas control solutions. The company’s primary strength and significant track record is in the provision of highly engineered solutions to customer’s fluid control requirements, used on-board naval surface ships and submarines, at typical supply pressures from 5,000 pounds per square inch (psi) or 350bar, down to pressures lower than 100psi or 7 bar. Typical submarine applications include pressure hull fluid transfer, isolation of stored compressed air, emergency ballast tank blow, direction control of hydraulic fluids, and emergency breathing air. Typical surface ship applications include main gas turbine and diesel engine starting air, diesel generator starting air, high- to low-pressure reduction, and weapon firing and aviation Services. Surface ship programmes include the UK’s Type 45 destroyers, the UK’s new "Queen Elizabeth" class aircraft carriers and the Indian Project P-28 ("Kamorta" class) anti-submarine warfare corvettes built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE), on all of which Hale Hamilton’s AUTOCHARGE Breathing Air (BA) and Diving Air (DA) charging system has been specified and supplied.
The most recent naval submarine programmes using Hale Hamilton valves are the UK’s "Astute" class submarines, the Spanish S-80 submarines, and the German Type U212 and U214 submarines.

Rear Admiral Henry Parker, Director (Carrier Strike), presents two Apprentice Challenge Awards to Hale Hamilton apprentices for model warship and submarine made from scrap materials.
(Photo: Stefan Nitschke)


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