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Ontic signs Tomorrow's Engineers Code to encourage young people to enter engineering sector

10 November 2022
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Ontic, the Cheltenham-headquartered leading licensor and manufacturer of established, certified aircraft parts for the global aerospace and defense industries, is proud signing The Tomorrow’s Engineers Code during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week. 

The Code, launched in 2020, is a commitment to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering careers. Centered around four pledges, signatories commit to inspiring connection, driving inclusion, showcasing engineering and improving impact. With more than 200 signatories and supporters – including the Department for Education, Network Rail and Shell – The Code is powered by Engineering UK.  

Ontic is committed to its early careers programmes, with apprentices, graduates and interns a key part of its operations. Reflecting this, it has increased its current apprentice numbers by more than 300 per cent in 2022, with another increase anticipated for the 2023 intake. It is also getting ready to launch its apprenticeship programme in the US next year. Signing the Code will help collaborate with other industries and ensure that aerospace can promote a positive culture and impactful engineering activities regardless of gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background. 

Gareth Hall, Ontic CEO, said: “We’re going through a period of rapid growth and it’s important to put in place the fundamentals to make Ontic a great company to work for. The Code gives us focus around our STEM activities and early careers recruitment and it also aligns to our corporate values – A Common Sense, Freedom to Choose and Create the Opportunity. We are already doing many activities detailed within the pledge and by signing it, we are committed to evidencing this.  

Melanie Washington, Director of Engagement Projects at EngineeringUK,which manages The Tomorrows Engineers Code, added: The Tomorrows Engineers Code is a growing community of almost 250 organisations committed to inspire the next generation of engineers through funding, designing, or delivering impactful engineering outreach. It is brilliant to see more and more engineering organisations join The Code and I am excited to welcome Ontic into the community. 

“There is no company or organisation that cansingle-handedlyaddress the skills challenge we face in engineering. That is why it is important to collaborate to understand what works well and what we can do more of to drive up the quality of engagement activities for young people, and through The Code we can do this better together.” 

Ontic is a leading global aerospace original equipment manufacturer, providing complex engineered parts and repair services forestablished aircraft in the defense and commercial market. 

With more than 45 years of product manufacturing and aftermarket support experience, Ontic has operationsacross North America, UK & Europe, and Asia providing strategic worldwide support to civil and defensecustomers when and where it is needed.​ 

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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