Hardworking Harvey secures apprenticeship at Agemaspark

One of the first graduates from Doncaster University Technical College (UTC), Harvey Smith, 17, has received an early career boost after securing an apprenticeship with a local precision engineering company.

Set to graduate from the UTC, which opened in September 2020, with a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering in July, Harvey will undertake an apprenticeship with Agemaspark, with his education and skills training being delivered by the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre.

He will learn an aspect of mechanical engineering at the AMRC Training Centre working closely with Agemaspark. While at Agemaspark, he will have regular reviews from the AMRC Training Centre workplace coach.

Students are allowed to follow a chosen specialism in engineering or creative and digital technologies while studying GCSEs, A Levels and developing employability skills.

Aiming to offer clients a one-stop shop for engineering solutions by combining new technology with cutting-edge design and manufacturing, Agemaspark works with industries including aerospace, oil & gas, medical, food processing, plastic injection moulding and higher education.


Gravitate Accounting welcomes new shareholder and makes trio of hires

Gravitate Accounting, which specialises in Xero cloud software, digital accounting, and outsourced FD services, has added a third director to its board as it continues to grow.

Jonathan Carr, who has been employed as a client finance director at the Sheffield-based business since early 2021, has become a minority shareholder to support the strategic direction of the business alongside co-founders Sam Newton and Mike Crocker.

Gravitate Accounting has hired three new team members to support the firm’s growing client base. They are digital accountant Charlie Goodwin, client financial controller Charlotte Firth and office support Amy Howard. The changes have been made as the business reports a 34% revenue uplift for the period ending April 2022 and has added 40 new clients to its roster since January.

Over the coming months, the accountancy firm plans to strengthen the team further with several more hires.


Pressure Technologies plc appoints Chris Webster as chief operating officer

Pressure Technologies plc, the specialist engineering group, has appointed Chris Webster as chief operating officer with responsibility for manufacturing operations across its Chesterfield Special Cylinders, Roota Engineering, Al-Met and Martract sites.

In this new role, Chris will drive operational excellence to support the growth and development of manufacturing capabilities across the business. He brings a wealth of knowledge and operational experience from almost 30 years working in the steel industry for Tata Steel, Corus and British Steel and more recently in the rail sector for US engineering and technology firm Wabtec Corporation.

Chris Walters, chief executive at Pressure Technologies, said: “I am delighted to welcome Chris to the team. He joins us at an important time, with a strong defence order book and fast-developing hydrogen energy opportunities for Chesterfield Special Cylinders and a steadily improving oil and gas market outlook for our Roota Engineering, Al-Met and Martract sites.”

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