CMG hopes to inspire next generation of engineers

CMG Technologies is hoping to inspire more young people to consider a career in engineering this National Apprenticeship Week.

The Suffolk-based company is an internationally renowned expert in metal injection moulding (MIM) and 3D metal printing.

Its small workforce of 25 includes one apprentice, Ronnie Lockwood, whose role is integral to the company.

The 17-year-old Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprentice currently works in the toolroom, he said: “Although I joined in September last year, I’ve already been welcomed as part of the family.

“I’m learning how to maintain and fix broken tools used in the factory, so we ensure nothing goes to waste. I’m supported every step of the way and soon I’ll be making new tools from scratch.

“Since school I’ve always enjoyed making things and was good at design and technology. Working here at CMG Technologies and seeing the tools I’ve worked on being used gives me a real sense of achievement.

“I’ve also had some experience in the factory, so I’m not short of opportunities here.”

Ronnie is supported by the other toolmakers, one of which also joined on an apprenticeship back in 2011. 

CMG Technologies is a four-day week employer, which allows Ronnie to make the most of his time in the toolroom before attending college on Fridays.

He continued: “I’m really keen to stay at CMG Technologies and progress my career here. Once I’ve completed my Level 2 apprenticeship, I would like to move up to Level 3. 

“It’s nice to know that, once my education is finished, I’ll be working a four-day week but earning a full-time wage.”

Rachel Garrett, Managing Director of CMG Technologies, said: “Ronnie is a great addition to the team and we’re really happy to have him on board. Introducing young people to the industry is very beneficial, we can train them to our incredibly high standards, and they can help bring new ideas to the business.

“Engineering provides a huge choice of career opportunities. It’s an exciting, fast-paced and evolving industry which can provide many benefits to society. Whether it’s through college, university or an apprenticeship, I strongly encourage young people to consider a future in engineering.”

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is the 15th annual event aimed at celebrating the positive impact apprenticeships make to businesses and communities. 

CMG Technologies remains keen to create opportunities for more young people, and they are advised to check the website for future vacancies.

In 2020, the Suffolk company won an Innovation in Business award at the Suffolk Business Awards for its work creating vital parts for ventilators used in the fight against Covid-19. 

In the same year, it won the Wellbeing Award for the East of England at the Federation of Small Business Awards for treating its staff ethically and introducing a four-day work week in 2015.