The UK’s Lattimer is aiming to uncover the next generation of leading precision machinists after launching a specialist training academy.

The precision engineering company has a twin facility in Vineland, New Jersey, USA, and a maintenance and repair division in Birmingham.

The Lattimer Training Academy has been set up in the firm’s Southport, UK office in a bid to deliver high level training to apprentices.

Lattimer managing director Mark Hailwood said the academy will up skill the local workforce, future proof the firm and help drive further international growth.

“We are thrilled to be launching the Lattimer Training academy, which has already seen a strong uptake of recruits,” said Mr Hailwood.

“We have found it hugely beneficial to carry out focused and intense in-house training, where longstanding machinists have converted to full-time training and mentor roles.

"This enables the recruits to receive guidance from our most experienced team members who have worked with us for decades. We ensure apprentices receive a complete and rounded education in all the equipment they will use at Lattimer.”