A Hull engineering company has launched a new apprenticeship programme as part of its expansion drive.

Concept Engineering has started the programme with two apprentices who are working towards NVQ qualifications in sheet metal working and fabrication and welding.

Managing Director Steve Larkin said he hoped apprentices Bobby Waud,19 and Matthew Ball, 21, would be the first of many to go through the new programme.

The company is also taking on more senior staff to help meet demand following a string of major new orders.

Concept Engineering manufactures a range of equipment from bespoke machines, equipment and structures to complex conveyor systems. It handles projects for companies across an array of industry sectors and has particular experience and expertise in the food, fish, manufacturing, medical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Mr Larkin said: “We are delighted to be able to launch our new apprenticeship programme and we hope the two lads who we have taken on will be followed by several more.

“Concept is winning a reputation for being problem solvers – designing and building bespoke solutions for our customers.

“The business is in a strong position with a healthy order book from established and new customers and we are expanding our workforce in key areas to meet this demand.

“Our latest financial results show that we have had a record year and we are continuing to invest in the business to build on the strong foundations that have been laid since the business started eight years ago.”

More information on Concept Engineering (Hull) Ltd can be found at www.conceptengineering.co.uk