Prosthetics Group to Roll Out National Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme


College News and Communications
Friday, 12 February 2021 08:45

AMG logo aside image of prosthetic limb

After a successful pilot scheme that was trialled from September 2019, Ability Matters Group (AMG) are working with South & City College Birmingham to roll out the national recruitment of engineering apprentices in June 2021.

AMG is an international collection of companies specialising in prosthetic, orthotic and posture and mobility care, and will be working in partnership with South & City College to introduce a bespoke national engineering apprenticeship programme.

The programme will standardise the recruitment process and enable consistent, flexible delivery over the coming years for the Opcare and Ortho Europe divisions of AMG.

All apprentices have to complete off-the-job training, spending 20% of their time at college and 80% in the work place. But the AMG scheme aims to provide this off-the-job training in blocks of several weeks, rather than the usual weekly day release.

Bex Yearworth, a workshop team leader for Opcare, joined the company in 2015 at the age of 25. As a teenager, Bex loved to take things apart and put them together again, to understand how they worked. She also loved to make things for the school drama productions, whether costumes, props or sets – so much so that she ended up going to the world renown Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in central London. It was here that she fell in love with set building, prop making, welding and power tools.

A chance change in personal circumstances saw Bex become more interested in the medical industry and she joined Opcare as a prosthetic technician. It satisfied her desire to not only help people and make a difference, but also scratch the creative itch to make things.

“Opcare took a chance on me and saw my potential, considering my background in the arts,” Bex explained. “Making and working with prosthetics is a really niche area, so AMG like to find, invest and nurture those that are passionate. This means there is a real opportunity to succeed and progress within the company.”

Would you like the opportunity to be involved in something a little different? Do you enjoy problem solving and making things, and want to make a positive difference to people’s lives? Then this apprenticeship could be for you.

Get in touch with our Apprenticeships team today to find out more.

You can read more about Bex's work in her self-penned piece, A Day in the Life: Prosthetic Engineering Technician - Bex Yearworth.