Our February 2018 Newsletter is out now. With a focus on Fanuc monitors read more below.
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Industry apprenticeships and the apprenticeship levy
With a target of three million apprenticeships to meet between 2015 and 2020, the government has this month launched their apprenticeship levy. For businesses with a wage bill of more than £3 million, contributions will equal 0.5 percent of their salary bill.
The amount of UK businesses affected by the levy will be in the region of 2% and it is hoped that the levy will encourage businesses to invest in apprenticeship’s when otherwise they may not have. For every £1 businesses pay into a ‘digital’ apprenticeship levy fund they get a top up of 10 pence from the government. This allows businesses to then fund their own apprenticeship schemes.
Businesses (SMEs) not affected by the levy will also benefit from the new scheme as funding will be made available to them through unused levy funds (those over 18months old).
The hope is that the levy will encourage those who may not have hired an apprentice to do so. The levy will also put employers in charge of their own training which should push the quality of apprenticeships up.
Industry apprenticeships still however face an uphill struggle…. Whilst there has been an increase of 24% in apprenticeships numbers versus a 2% in Graduates, apprenticeships are still failing to be attractive enough to young people and uptake numbers are still too low.
Figures for 2015/2016 show that whilst apprenticeships stood at more than 500k (with approx. 78.5k apprenticeships being in Engineering and Manufacturing.) Unfilled vacancies for skilled workers for the same period were at the 200k.
So why are Apprenticeships still struggling to attract young people?
- There has always been a problem with perception for starters. Apprenticeships tend to bring less prestige than a university education and are often thought of as the poor relation to a degree.
- A lot of schools and colleges (and parents) are still pushing the University route.
- It is not widely recognised that higher apprenticeships are on par with foundation degrees. Some even bachelor.
- Apprenticeship types not widely publicised.
- Overall a general lack of information.
The NCFE carried out a survey across 2000 parents with school age children in March 2016 looking at the changing perceptions of apprenticeships. See the result from the survey below.
For young people
- Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification while getting a weekly wage.
- Starting at both general and advanced levels they cover a wide range of skills. The kind of work will depend on the size of the company as well as its specialisations.
- Matched to the company’s future needs an apprenticeship ensures that the correct skills are developed. This allows for filling any skills gaps and sourcing future managers and leaders from within.
Apprenticeships at DNC Electronics
DNC Electronics currently employ two apprentices. They have really seen how investing in their training can offset the skills shortage by both improving labour supply and improving retention rates.
We spoke with one of DNC Electronics current apprentices and asked them how they ended up on the apprenticeship programme.
With both a Father and Brother being in the industry they always knew that they wanted to do something in engineering but didn’t quite know what. Having left school with 14 GCSE’s they started a BTEC Level 3 Engineering course at Swindon College before their tutor suggested that they may want to think about doing an apprenticeship.
With help from Swindon College, they were able to take part in some work experience to ensure this was the correct route to take with this leading to successfully securing the apprenticeship at DNC Electronics. They have since completed their BTEC and started an NVQ Level 3 in Electronics and PLC (programmable logic controls) at Swindon College.
With support from DNC Electronics, they have also had the opportunity to undertake (in addition to the above) a BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newbury College. This course is offered via a day release programme, and they are nearing the completion of the first year of the two-year course.
On completion, students benefit from having a nationally recognised qualification that offers career progression for those already in employment. Students may progress to an HND or further related study at a higher level.
So why did they choose to go down the route of an apprenticeship?
They believe that an apprenticeship offers the best route into work, allowing you to continue learning but also allowing you to start earning some money.
Following completion of the HNC they hope to progress their knowledge further and complete the HND offered by Newbury College. This they believe will allow them to stay focussed and improve their work based skills and quality of work.
More information on apprenticeships and the areas of engineering apprenticeships are available in can be found here.
GE parts discontinued: GE 1050, 2000, Hi-Ak Axis Drive
DNC Electronics regretfully advise as of today, 21st April 2017, that we will no longer support General Electric CNC products and with immediate effect all GE parts have been discontinued. This includes services available for the following product: GE 1050 (both 1050HL and 1050HLX controllers), GE 2000 controls (all versions that we have dealt) with and lastly all series of GE Hi-AK axis drives.
GE discontinued the 2000 control and the GE Hi-AK axis drive controllers and got together with FANUC to form GE FANUC to sell CNC controls and parts in the AMERICAs and EUROPE.
We appreciate your past custom for GE parts bought from ourselves over the last 20+ years and apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. Please contact us if you require the details of another company who do still support GE.
- GE 1050 Control PCBs
- GE 2000 Control PCBs
- GE Hi-Ak Axis Drives
GEC Gemdrive Axis Controller
DNC Electronics announce with deep regret that as of today, April 21st, 2017, they will be unable to support any requests for services previously offered relating to the GEC Gemdrive Axis Controller. This includes the Mk.1 Mk.2, Mk.2S, Mk.2SB, range from 15A, 27A, 30A, 45A, 60A, 90A.
GEC discontinued the Gemdrive Axis Controllers pre-1990 and whilst DNC had offered limited parts and service for the GEC Gemdrive we can confirm that we no longer support or supply these or any other type of GEC Industrial parts.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.
GEC General Electric Company (later to become GEC industrial products Ltd) were at one point the UK’s largest engineering company. GEC produced a huge range of engineered products and various services to the manufacturing industries around the world.
About DNC Electronics
About DNC Electronics Ltd were founded in 1997 and were formed from the Company Data Network Controls Ltd who were CNC machine tool service engineers fixing machine tools and retrofitting CNC’s throughout the UK. With roots back to the eighties they offered a retrofit, refurbishment and repair service to the machine tool industry.
As Specialists in Fanuc spares, we offer a supply, repair, exchange service specifically for Fanuc and GE Fanuc CNC parts.
In addition, we also offer replacement CNC monitors for Fanuc, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Mazatrol, Siemens, Hitachi and much more.
Why Choose us?
Now one of the leading Fanuc specialists for the machine tool industry worldwide we pride ourselves in being able to offer:
- Extensive product knowledge and in-house technical repair capabilities.
- A quick turnaround, offering a same day/24 hour Fanuc repair and testing service.
- A comprehensive sales and support service in more than 85 countries.
DNC remains a privately held family-run firm.