The Pentagon Plastics Group have announced that in January of this year, the team welcomed their first tool room apprentice. Based in Blatchford Road, Horsham, the Group is an award-winning, family run plastic moulder with over 45 years’ experience.
Jack joins the Pentagon toolroom team as their first apprentice as the Group continues to work towards an exciting future for the UK engineering industry, investing in the next generation of highly skilled engineers.
As an apprentice, Jack has completed his first year of a three year course and will work closely with experienced staff in the tool room, learning from their over 125 year’s collective experience. Already he has proven himself to have a natural flair for engineering and great enthusiasm for the role.
During his training, he will also be working in the mould shop and post moulding divisions of the business, which will go some way to enhance his knowledge base.
Investing in the future
Paul Edwards, MD of the Pentagon Plastics Group has spoken in the past about the importance of investing in engineering skills in the UK to boost the engineering and manufacturing services the country provides.
He states, “Jack has already impressed on the shop floor and has a huge potential to learn and grow as an engineer. We’re supporting his time in college as he trains and our aim is to develop his skill set even further by being in a working tool room that completes all aspects of toolmaking and final fitting.
In the next few years, I’m certain Jack will be a fantastic asset to our business and we look forward to seeing him grow in his role.”
Jack’s arrival has also been a great addition and a breath of fresh air for the team’s long-serving engineers, who have spoken of his enthusiasm to learn a trade they are all passionate about and dedicated to. Their guidance is essential in building his knowledge as they mentor him within a structured framework.
Speaking of his new role, Jack states, “Working for Pentagon Plastics has been a really enjoyable experience so far. I have already learned new things with the company and hope to continue learning through my time here.’’
In recent years Pentagon Plastics have supported the next generation of Product Design students and Design Engineering students by regularly hosting on-site student visits. In 2017 Pentagon were honoured to put forward an award for the Best Product & Injection Mould Tool Design to the winning student of the Design Degree Show at London South Bank University.
They are also proud members of the Polymer Ambassador Scheme run by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) that aims to reduce the skills gap in the UK.