Peterlee-based electrical test and measurement company Seaward has taken on a new cohort of apprentices as it continues to invest in its workforce to support growth and skills development.

Jack Robinson, Emma Barker and Karl Pollard have joined Seaward’s Calibrationhouse, which undertakes specialist UKAS accredited calibration services for electronic, optical and dimensional test equipment. Elsewhere, Mia Maitland will be an apprentice working across Seaward’s group export activities while Rhys Swan comes in as an operations apprentice.

The five apprentices, who will combine work-based learning with their classroom studies at East Durham and Houghall Community College, will undergo training throughout the business to gain a range of administration, business development and test and measurement skills and experience.

With an office also in the USA, Seaward currently employs 200 people and is a sector leading manufacturer of electronic test and measurement instruments used in a wide variety of electrical, medical, industrial and energy sector applications.

Welcoming Jack, Emma, Karl, Mia and Rhys to the team, Wendy Chaplin, HR Business Partner at Seaward, said the company is committed to investing in bright young local talent as it looks to the future.

“We are proud of our investment in North East talent to help us secure our future resources and the skills – we wish them every success in their apprenticeships with us,” she said. “I very much look forward to welcoming more apprentices to the business in future as we continue to invest in our growth and development strategy.

“Investment in talented people is the linchpin of providing top quality products and services to our customers. These latest apprentice additions to our skilled and dedicated team will further enhance our technical abilities and provide even greater launchpads in our sector and the wider industry.”

Seaward is part of GMC Instrumentation Group, a collaboration of separate specialist test equipment manufacturing businesses based in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.