In partnership with Leek College, Humanoid has been shooting industry and interviews at several local engineering companies. The college commissioned Humanoid as part of their campaign to raise the profile of local engineering.
A number of local firms opened their doors, allowing Humanoid’s camera crew to capture business as usual: hundreds of Staffordshire engineers producing an astonishing range of products for international buyers.
Goodwin International champion their apprenticeship scheme, training their own engineers to work on components for military radar arrays and nuclear submarines. Stoke-based Unilathe engage over 100 employees in machining for the rail, mining and aerospace industries, while Charles Leek & Sons – a business family-run for over a century – produces specialised individual gears for vintage cars. Staffordshire Precision Engineering sell perfectly-balanced roulette wheels to casinos and chemistry equipment to American Ivy League universities. Grenville Engineering’s state-of-the-art laser cuts components for global heavy equipment giant JCB, who invited Humanoid to interview their own apprentices, still studying part-time at Leek College.
“It’s amazing to see the extensive and diverse range of skills demonstrated at locally-based engineering firms. The level of opportunity available to young people in this sector is immense. I hope our video helps to raise awareness of this exciting industry and helps to promote Leek College’s excellent facilities and courses.” - Martyn Lomax, Managing Director, Humanoid Productions.
“If there was no engineering, the world wouldn’t function”, says Goodwin apprentice Reece Robinson, “its the most important industry you can be in”.