Former apprentice now managing skills

Lee Griffiths, new business partner at Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing, with responsibility for the South East.'
Lee Griffiths, new business partner at Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing, with responsibility for the South East.'

A Horsham man who started out as an apprentice has worked his way up to head one of the UK’s largest business skills councils.

Lee Griffiths, 28, is a new business partner at Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing, with responsibility for the South East.

Having left school at 16, Lee joined the RAF and studied Avionics. He then joined Bosch as an electrical apprentice, qualifying with an Higher National Certificate in Mechatronics, a combination of engineering.

Born in Kettering, but brought up in South Wales and now living in Horsham, he took a short time out for a trip around the world and has returned ready to help others.

He said: “I have joined Semta because I believe my previous experiences of having gone through the apprenticeship framework will help me add value to companies and individuals.

“I am passionate about engineering and manufacturing and know the benefits of apprenticeships. Companies in this sector have a major role to play in driving the economy forward.

“This is an exciting time for industry with lots of opportunities and I look forward to working with companies across the south east to help them achieve their full potential.”

Semta supports the recruitment, mentoring and training of apprentices and graduates, assesses supply chain capability and helps with producing a company training plan.

They provide funding and access for high quality training programmes in line with sector priorities, which are leadership and management, technical skills, and productivity and competitiveness, while also helping with recruitment and training of apprentices and graduates.

Responsible for 132,000 companies with a 1.7 million-strong workforce in the UK, it covers sectors such as aerospace, defence, automotive, marine, metals and electronics.

For further information contact Semta’s customer services on 0845 6439001 or email customerservices@semta.org.uk.