A cross-continent engineering apprenticeship programme between John Guest and Arburg has been labelled a ‘roaring success’ by participants following its conclusion.

The joint initiative saw selected individuals from the two companies take part in an intensive four-week programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of apprentice engineers.

As part of this, participants from John Guest underwent a series of short placements within different departments at Arburg’s production facility in Lossburg, Germany, including pre-assembly, final assembly, injection moulding and robotics. By gaining exposure to each stage of the manufacturing process, the young engineers came away with an improved knowledge of manufacturing best practice, providing them with a worthwhile insight into the philosophy and technical capability of their European counterparts.

In exchange, young apprentices at Arburg joined John Guest in its West Drayton manufacturing plant to understand more about the injection moulding process it undertakes throughout the production of its plastic push-fit connectors.

The programme marks the next step in a longstanding relationship stretching back to 1982, which has seen the two businesses continue to collaborate across the globe. Plastic-injection moulding machinery from Arburg forms an integral part of the John Guest manufacturing process.

Colin Tirel, Managing Director at Arburg, said: “The programme was a great way of cementing the already strong links between the two businesses, laying the foundations for continued collaboration in the years to come.”