On 23rd September 2016, Jon Hilton, President of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), visited Bespak’s main UK manufacturing site in Kings Lynn to present an Institution accreditation certificate for Bespak’s apprenticeship schemes.
Jon presented IMechE’s certificate to Teresa Gibson, Qualifications Manager. Teresa said: “Bespak recognises that apprenticeship programmes are fundamental in supporting future growth, career opportunities for our colleagues, and opportunities for the local community. I am delighted that we have achieved accreditation for our engineering apprenticeships.”
During his visit, Jon enjoyed a talk given by former apprentice Adam Dye BEng (Hons), now a Senior Development Engineer at Bespak, who explained the profile of a key product and its development journey. Jon also toured the manufacturing facilities and met members of the company’s engineering community over lunch.
Dr Keyvan Djamarani, Managing Director, said: “We are honoured and incredibly proud to have hosted Jon and his colleagues from the Institution at Bespak. Jon’s visit has, and will, profoundly impact and motivate our engineers. It also lends great impetus to our initiatives, particularly that of promoting women in engineering.”
Alan Paterson PhD BEng (Hons), who has been a member of the Institution for 30 years, said: “It was a delight to welcome the President to the Kings Lynn site. It gave us an opportunity to showcase our engineers’ capabilities. Accreditation from the Institution demonstrates the caliber of our apprenticeship programme, which is a foundation stone for the future of the organisation.”
Jon was accompanied by representatives from Cambridge Consultants Ltd, where Jon continued his tour. Bespak and Cambridge Consultants are currently linked to the company through their work on the Chiesi NextHaler, which was designed at Cambridge Consultants and is being manufactured at Bespak’s Kings Lynn site.
Within Jon’s party was Eur Ing Jim Stewart CEng FIMechE, Chair Eastern Region, who said: “It was a privilege to accompany the President on his visit and to experience the capability of two of the great organisations within our region. The enthusiasm and energy of the people we met and their commitment to supporting the profession and developing engineers for the future was inspirational.”