Peterlee battery manufacturer champions future talent

A global battery technology supplier, based in the North East, has recently introduced 10 apprentices into its workforce.

Alexander Battery Technologies (ABT), known for its bespoke rechargeable battery packs for various sectors, has initiated apprenticeship programmes across multiple departments including administration, engineering, and marketing. These apprentices engage in live projects, collaborating closely with ABT’s clients and its extensive supply chain.

The apprenticeship schemes aim to address the existing skills shortage in the battery technology domain, especially within electronics engineering. By providing permanent job opportunities after the apprenticeship, the Peterlee-based manufacturer not only fosters the professional growth of young locals but also secures a continuous talent stream for its future needs.

As an international entity operating in critical areas such as robotics, telecommunications, and e-mobility, the company currently boasts a workforce exceeding 120 employees, with projections of significant growth in the coming years.

Amy Jefferson, HR manager at Alexander Battery Technologies, said: “As a people-led organisation, our apprenticeships are a cornerstone of our long-term strategy to futureproof our workforce in the fast-changing battery technology industry.

“Each division within the business hosts an apprentice who is given structured development and mentorship support as they progress throughout their training. Over 10% of our workforce are actively involved in training programmes – something we’re really proud of.

“By investing in apprentices, we’re not just filling immediate roles but helping to maintain our competitive edge globally too.”

Apprentices participate in various courses, from degree apprenticeships to Level 3 and Level 4 apprenticeships, supported by ABT’s collaboration with local training providers. These partnerships facilitate a blend of classroom learning and practical experience at ABT’s premises.

For instance, engineering apprentices attend East Durham College for one day each week, dedicating the rest of their week to on-site work at ABT. In contrast, administration apprentices partake in online learning modules alongside their practical work. Training collaborations also include those with the University of Sunderland, Teesside University, Paragon Education and Skills, and QA Training.

ABT has enhanced its apprenticeship success by involving managers in an apprentice mentoring course, aimed at improving their mentoring capabilities to promote a culture of ongoing learning and development within the company.

Ellie Filip ,19, an engineering apprentice at ABT, said: “I’m enjoying my apprenticeship and learning so much whilst getting a lot of support from the wider engineering team.

“It’s not just about the technical skills I’m acquiring but also about the confidence they instil in me to tackle challenges.

“Every day is different and exciting which motivates me in my role and continued career path – I really look forward to coming to work.”