Leading firm seeks talent

Fort Vale Engineering, from the left, Andy Bryce (Innovation Director), Alan Emerton (Apprentice Training Manager) and current apprentices Benn Goodwill, Thomas Carter, Tom Jarrold, Steven Moseley, Andrew McDowall, Jonathan Oddy.
Fort Vale Engineering, from the left, Andy Bryce (Innovation Director), Alan Emerton (Apprentice Training Manager) and current apprentices Benn Goodwill, Thomas Carter, Tom Jarrold, Steven Moseley, Andrew McDowall, Jonathan Oddy.

A SPECIALIST engineering company based in the Ribble Valley is looking to build on recent contract wins by growing its own future talent.

Simonstone-based Fort Vale, a world leader in the precision manufacture of valves and fittings for transportation in the road tanker and tank container industries, is set to take on a new group of apprentices after securing a series of new international orders. Andrew Bryce, Director For Innovation, said: “Because of the highly specialised nature of our work we strongly believe in developing our own talent pool.

“We are in the process of recruiting six new apprentices. The company has always taken training seriously and we are delighted to continue our commitment to young people in the area.”

The apprentices will spend a year with training and skills specialists T2000, before continuing their development on the shopfloor. Fort Vale has just taken part in a recent T2000 open day to celebrate their commitment to training.

Andrew added: “We currently have 27 apprentices at different stages of training and in varied roles. The excellent training and support provided by T2000 helps us to ensure that we have the right skills to meet the future needs of the business.”

The company — which is a Queen’s Award for Industry winner — has its 100,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility in the former LG Philips factory in Simonstone. Employing 350 people, Fort Vale has more than 80% of the world’s market in the design and manufacture of precision valves.