Ricardo takes its responsibilities to the industry very seriously and is passionate about encouraging students to take up STEM subjects to help support future growth of engineering.
UK car manufacturing output in 2017 has been at its strongest for 17 years; during March 2017, British car production rose by 7.3% - the highest number since March 2000, but we have a massive shortage of UK engineers.
We partner with many local schools’ careers departments to find enthusiastic and talented students. This links in with the rest of our STEM agenda, which includes offering site tours and engineering activities to schools, attending careers fairs and other local and National STEM events.
Students are offered a weeks’ work experience involving placements in at least two different engineering areas. They have the opportunity to work with experienced engineers and are encouraged to get involved in realistic projects. We take time to ensure that all students have interesting work to do and also take the opportunity to give some of our more senior graduates experience of managing people to add to their development.
At the end of every placement, we invite both students and their supervisors to give us feedback: students on the programme itself and their experience and supervisors on the students they manage.
In 2017 we welcomed 48 students on week-long placements across 16 departments and aim to maintain that number in future years.
In the long term, we want to increase the local talent pool of engineers to recruit for our apprentice and graduate programmes.
I loved it because I got to learn so much about engines, the business, and it really helped with my career choices.”
I really enjoyed my week. All the staff are very welcoming and I am hoping to come back as an apprentice one day.”