Former Rawmarsh Community School pupil takes role at engineering firm

Berni Thackery, who manages Work-Wise for Magnomatics, runs through the induction for Owen  Birks.
Berni Thackery, who manages Work-Wise for Magnomatics, runs through the induction for Owen Birks.
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A former Rawmarsh Community School pupil has joined the team at internationally acclaimed engineering firm Magnomatics.

Rotherham-born Owen Birks started his formal training at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in September, after an initial few weeks with the team as an apprentice at Magnomatics.

Magnomatics, which produces industrial products based on magnetic gear technology, has been a strong supporter of Work-Wise, the Sheffield-based charity which promotes engineering and manufacturing careers for 14 to 16-year-olds.

The company has also recently completed two further training placements for Ahmed Emerson Uyar and Josh Rushforth as part of their ongoing commitment to the Work-Wise scheme.

Dave Latimer, chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to see the progression of our business and especially the arrival of Owen as our first apprentice.

“We spotted Owen’s engineering potential through the Work-Wise scheme and since then we have followed his academic achievements with interest.

“It’s great seeing our work inspire the next generation of engineering talent rewarded with local young people pursuing engineering careers.

“For too long the exciting opportunities represented by careers in manufacturing and engineering have not been promoted well enough. That ‘s why we became involved with the Work-Wise scheme.”